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Is a dusty home making your asthma worse?

June 3, 2019

Indoor dust and children's asthmaAccording to Allergy UK, just under two thirds of respondents to their 2018 survey said that poor air quality makes their asthma worse. But whilst many asthma sufferers are acutely aware of outdoor pollution, it is easy to ignore the risk of a dusty home.

In fact, that thin blanket of bits can turn into a hazardous haze with the slightest draft. That is because the particles in dust are small enough to travel deep into your lungs. This can then inflame your airways, making it more difficult to breathe.

What is house dust made of?

House dust is made up largely of sloughed off flakes of dead human skin. We replace all of our skin every 4 to 5 weeks, so we release a lot of dead skin into our immediate environment.

Add to this human hair, pet dander, house dust mite faeces and mould spores and you can easily see why we are in a constant battle to keep our homes free of dust.

But how can we keep on top of house dust and stop it building up? We could always try to ‘blow away the cobwebs’ by keeping windows open, but this itself can generate more dust.

Diesels fumes from nearby roads, airborne dirt blown up from pavements and gardens, pollen drifting in on the breeze: all of these things can just add to the dust building up in our home.

 

The clear, dust-busting solution

Fortunately, you can clear airborne dust in your home by installing a home air purifier. The Blue Pure 411 and 221, for example, will clean the air in a room five times per hour.

This includes removing airborne dust particles, as well as pollen, pet dander and other particulate right down to a virus in size.

You can find out more about these air purifiers by clicking here.

But remember, you should still clean your home on a regular basis to remove non-airborne dust from carpets, curtains and other surfaces. The less airborne dust you have in your home at any one time, the less likely you are to inhale it in the first place.