Asthma is a respiratory condition that has genetic and environmental triggers. It is a chronic inflammation, the symptoms being: wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and difficulty drawing in air. There are different treatments available, but the most prominent advice changes in lifestyle. The airborne triggers of asthma outside are smoke, aerosol sprays, paint fumes, and pollen. There are also airborne triggers found in the home: strong scents, perfume, dust mites, and molds.

There are four ways you can prevent asthma attacks based on how you design and style a room. The main focus is on creating a clean environment with no clutter and crowding furniture.


Avoid carpet and wallpaper

Dust clings to the short fibers of carpeted floors. Even when the room is vacuumed frequently, dust can still accumulate in tight corners and hard to reach spaces no matter what kind of attachment you use. Vinyl wood flooring is a good alternative because it does not gather dust and is relatively easy to clean.

For your walls, avoid wallpaper, especially if you live in a damp area. Mould can grow in behind the wallpaper and can cause your asthma to trigger without you even knowing. Bare walls are a better alternative. If you have to have, a pattern painted instead and use the best paint sprayer to get the desired result you want. For more paint tips refer to sites like


No houseplants

Molds are natural to damp soil and are technically harmless. However, for someone with asthma, it still acts as a trigger. There should be no houseplants inside the room, even plastic plants (because of the dust). Try to concentrate your plants in your sunroom or garden.


No stuffed toys

When decorating your room, avoid having items that collect dust. Fuzzy pillows, stuffed toys, and small knick-knacks should have no place in your room. If you insist on having pillows or stuffed toys, select the kind with short fibers. Remember to have them frequently cleaned as well.

Novelty items for shelves don’t have the hair or fur to attract dust, but they are just as bad when they are not cleaned properly. Small things on your shelf make it hard to clean without removing everything. The room owner might not pay attention to cleaning them. To avoid triggers, either keep all of these items in another room or keep a micro fiber rag on hand.


Special coverings for the mattress and pillows

To avoid dust mites, have a special, hypoallergenic cover for your bedding and pillows. The bedroom has the most amount of dust mites in the house, and your bed is one you make direct contact for the most amount of time. Besides the coverings, frequently replace your sheets.


Minimalist furniture

Try to select no-frills furniture that is easy to clean. A minimalist set up also means fewer places for the dust to hide.

There are many things you might want to add like a dehumidifier or an air purifier. Remember to clean frequently and boost your immune system as much as possible. Asthma is a struggle, and these five steps cover most but not all of the triggers. Since some of the triggers can be found outside, the home should be a place for a reprieve.


Published by Zachary McGavin