Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) means being mindful of potential COPD flare-up triggers. Dust, commonly found in the areas you frequent, is a common COPD trigger. Use these tips to help lessen the amount of dust in your home.
Carpeting may feel comfy on your feet, but it’s a prime location for the storage of dust and other allergens. If you opt to keep your carpeting, be sure to vacuum often with a vacuum cleaner designed to prevent dust from entering back into the air.
When cleaning rugs, take them outside so that the dust is not transferred to other areas indoors.
Wash Your Sheets
Pillows, sheets and mattresses are a dwelling place for dust mites. Be sure to wash your sheets once a week. An allergen-proof cover for your box spring and mattress can provide additional protection from dust mites.
Clean Up Clutter
If you have piles of old magazines, toys or dirty clothing laying around, clean them up! These piles collect dust and cleaning the area around them won’t substitute for picking up the entire thing.
Start at the Top
When cleaning, start with surfaces that are highest and work towards lower level areas. This will allow you to capture dust missed or recirculated.
Avoid using feather dusters as they just spread the existing dust resulting in it settling in other places and continuing to irritate your COPD.
Use an Air Purifier
While not a substitute for a good dusting, an air purifier can help filter the dust particles circulating through the air of your home. Keep in mind that you will need one for each room in your home.
Source: www.foxnews.com, Accessed: 10/16/17