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Air Pollutants and Asthma
Triggers in the air include not only factory smoke and car exhaust fumes but also cigarette smoke, fly sprays, strong perfumes and aerosol cleaning sprays. Some building materials and home furnishings may give off fumes that might make asthma worse.
What to do:
- Try to find what the trigger is.
- If exhaust fumes are a problem, carry a reliever inhaler in your car.
- Keep well informed about air quality if pollution triggers your asthma.
- Ozone can be a problem for some people, and levels are likely to be higher on hot sunny days. Avoid being outdoors especially in the afternoon if you feel that this may be a trigger for you.
- For home improvement materials seek specialist advice.
- Ensure that your home is well ventilated so that fumes do not accumulate.
- Get heating systems serviced regularly.