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Changes at Home may relieve Asthma

                          In a research conducted it was found that by making changes in indoor environment, parents could improve health of their children who are suffering from Asthma. Such steps include using pillow covers that are impermeable to dust mites and air purifiers to get rid of tobacco smoke, mold and cat or dog allergens. In their study, investigators used a multifaceted approach for 937 children, aged 5 to 11 years, with atopic or allergic Asthma, who were assigned to an intervention group or a control group for comparison purposes. The children in the study group received up to seven home visits during the 12-month intervention period, during which their caretakers were taught how to create an environmentally safe sleeping zone that was impermeable to allergens. At each follow-up, children in the intervention group reported experiencing Asthma symptoms on fewer days during a two-week period than those in the comparison group. This greater reduction in Asthma symptoms persisted for 12 months after the intervention period, for a total of two years. Altogether, the indoor environmental changes resulted in nearly 14 per cent fewer unscheduled visits to the emergency department or clinic, 20 per cent fewer days with symptoms and 21 per cent fewer missed school days per year for children in the intervention group. Researchers emphasize that controlling Indoor Asthma Triggers is not a substitute for Standard Asthma Therapy. Instead, changes in the indoor environment should be done in conjunction with standard treatments. The study has, however, shown that creating a Safe Home Environment is also an important part of Asthma Management.




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