Preventing asthma -


Preventing asthma

Over 25,000,000 Americans now suffer from asthma. And the centers for disease control says asthma is increasing every year in the U.S.

It can be a debilitating lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and it can be fatal. So here are some steps you can take to avoid potential asthma attack triggers.

Asthma attacks are as terrifying as they are life-threatening. And according to medical experts, asthma in children is on the rise.

A helpless feeling shared by parents nationwide, and one that asthma survivor Sue Fries writes about in her new book "Learning to Breathe." Sue owns Ecola pest control in Southern California, and she's shared her helpful advice on America Now before. But it's her son's battle with asthma that hits closest to home.

"I just felt there was a need to help other mothers learn how to fight this fight for an asthmatic or a child who is sick," says Sue, "You know as a mother, you have to ask those tough questions and you have to be on the forefront to help your child. They can't do it on their own. So you are put in a position where you have to fight."

Her son Tyson was diagnosed with asthma at the age of two.

"Basically, like, your chest is freezing up. You can't exhale air. It feels like you are just being strangled and there's nothing you can do," says Tyson.

Sue set out to learn the cause of Tyson's chronic asthma and thinks what she's discovered can be helpful to other families. One of the triggers – carpeting that harbors household dust that can contaminate air inside your home.

"Hardwood floors and tile are so much better than carpet because it doesn't hold dirt and dust and allergens that could be around," says Sue.

Sue says traditional vacuum cleaners can also effect home air quality, so she switched to one with a water filtration system.

"And it traps all dust and it doesn't come out, where with vacuum bags you can have dust escape from the vacuum bag," says Sue.

Dust mites living in your pillows, sue warns, are another issue. But she has an easy solution.

"Every three months, put your pillows in the dryer, and it will kill dust mites," says Sue.

According to the environmental protection agency, mold… smoke…household chemicals…and pet dander can also cause an asthma attack. Wheezing…shortness of breath…chest pain and tightness…and coughing that won't stop are other warning signs.

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