Indoor allergens include dust, mold, pet dander, and cockroaches. Outdoor allergens
include pollens, mold, grasses, and trees.
may already know that allergies make your asthma worse. If you think allergens may be a
problem, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may advise you to see an
allergist. An allergist may do testing and provide treatment.
What you can do indoors:
Dust often with a damp cloth. You might use a mask while cleaning.
Remove clutter that can collect dust or grow mold. If possible, remove carpets
Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
Make sure air conditioners, heating units, and appliances are clean. Change filters often.
Wash your bedding every week. Use dust-proof pillow and mattress covers.
Keep pets out of your bedroom. Keep them off furniture and rugs. Have pets
Wash dishes and clean counters after eating or making meals. This helps prevent
cockroaches. Keep all foods in sealed bags or containers.
Use home air filters and vacuums that can decrease allergens. Change or clean
filters as instructed.
What you can do outdoors:
Check the pollen counts in your area. Try to stay indoors when levels are
Wash your hands when you come indoors if allergen levels are high. Also think about bathing and changing your clothes.
Don't rake leaves or cut the grass if these things bother you. Think about
wearing a mask when you work in your garden.