Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease often linked to allergies,
heredity and environment. It causes airway
inflammation resulting in recurring attacks of wheezing, coughing, chest
constriction and shortness of breath.
To prevent your sister's asthma attacks,
you and your family must do your best to ensure that your sister's living
environment is clean and well-ventilated. It is good to use exhaust fans or open
the windows when showering and cooking. Remind your mother and maid about this
when they are cooking. This is to let in fresh air.
Dust mites live in sheets, blankets, pillows, mattresses, soft furniture and
carpets. So wash your bed sheets and blankets once a week. The same goes for
stuffed toys. Wash them every week. After washing, dry them completely.
As for the carpets, rugs and furniture, tell your maid or whoever does the
cleaning, to vacuum the house often. This is to prevent mites around. Mites can
cause the children an asthma problem or it can
aggravate your sister's asthma.
Do you have pets? If you do, you have to keep them outside. Having a cat or
puppy indoors can cause your sister to have an asthma attack easily. Using
cleaners, paints, adhesives and air fresheners is not advisable. This is because
the chemical irritants found in these
products can aggravate asthma. The best thing is to use these products less
often and also use them when your sister is not around. If you use these
products, try to make sure that the windows or doors are open and that you use
an exhaust fan.
By following these instructions, you can prevent your sister's asthma
attacks. In this way, you help her to recover from the illness.