Fora comprehensive report on asthma in Wisconsin, see the recently released:
- Asthmais an illness that causes wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness andcoughing. More than 3,000 young people are hospitalized every year in Wisconsinwith asthma. Pets, molds, pollen, and cockroaches can trigger asthma. Smoke,chemicals, ozone, and exhaust fumes can also trigger asthma. Moreinformation on asthma in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Asthma Program at theDepartment of Health Services can be found at the “new” asthma website.
Tipsfor People with Asthma:
- Ifa person with asthma is allergic to cats or dogs, the family pet may need to beremoved from the home. At least keep pets out of the person’s bedroom.
- Consideradding a high efficiency air filter to your heating system.
- Controlhumidity. Keep the humidity below 50% and fix moisture problems. This willreduce dust mites, molds and mildew.
- Reduceair pollutants like smoke, solvents, and pollen in your home.
- Getrid of cockroaches by carefully cleaning (especially in the kitchen) andremoving trash every day. Use pesticides as a last resort.
- Dampmop, damp dust, and vacuum often. Use mattress and pillow covers. Removecarpets, drapes, books, stuffed animals, and feather or down pillows and coversfrom the bedroom. Wash bedding once a week using hot water to kill dust mites.