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6 Common Asthma Triggers for Seniors

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

Santa Rosa home care providers know that seniors are particularly prone to living with asthma attacks because many people who did not have asthma during early adulthood will develop it between the ages of 40 and 60. Luckily, knowing what spurs asthma attacks can save seniors from further respiratory damage. Family caregivers can help seniors avoid asthma attacks by preventing exposure to the following triggers.

1. Pets

Any pets that have fur or feathers produce dander and other microscopic, airborne particles that can bother a senior if he or she inhales it. Red and itchy eyes will often accompany asthma attacks due to pet allergies.

2. Mold

The airborne spores that mold uses to reproduce can easily be inhaled and trigger an asthma attack or respiratory infection. Mold tends to grow in damp, humid areas, so you should regularly check for any mold growing in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. It can also exist in damp soil or compost heaps outside. 

3. Cockroaches

This is one of the most common indoor asthma triggers that go unnoticed. The waste products created by roach infestations can inflame a senior’s air passageways and prompt asthma attacks.

4. Polluted Air

Air pollution, which is caused by car exhaust, industrial factories, and other machinery that burns fuel, is not just problematic because it hurts the environment. Inhaling polluted air is a frequent asthma trigger, so seniors with severe asthma may need to avoid crowded cities and industrial areas.

5. Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live in mattresses, carpet, and any other environments that tend to collect dust. They expel waste products that can trigger an asthma attack if a senior is sensitive to dust mites.

6. Smoke

Smoke is the number one asthma trigger because it contains both gases and tiny particles that can irritate the lungs. Firsthand tobacco smoke, secondhand tobacco smoke, and any smoke due to burning wood, grass, or leaves can all cause asthma attacks.

Family caregivers can learn more about things seniors should avoid when they have asthma or other chronic diseases by calling Home Care Assistance of Sonoma County at (707) 843.4368. We provide flexible live-in and hourly home care Santa Rosa families can trust to help seniors maintain independence while aging in place with dignity. Schedule a free in-home consultation today when you call.