Those suffering from asthma and frequent allergies are often the worst hit. Hot and humid weather, particularly when the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere crosses 50 per cent, has been linked to increased asthma attacks.
Besides seeking medical advice, a number of precautionary measures can help improve indoor air quality and with it, allow asthmatics to breathe easier. These include:
1. Open the window – your indoor air is on average five times more polluted than the outside air.
2. Vacuum frequently and regularly wash beddings and other textiles.
3. Reduce or remove carpets, which trap unhealthy particles such as dirt, fungi and dust mites.
4. Avoid unnecessary chemicals – use natural cleaning products instead.
5. Cut down on the use of perfume and hair spray.
6. Invest in plants – according to NASA, English ivy and Peace lily best eliminate household pollutants.
7. Put a certified asthma-approved air purifier in the rooms, where you spend most of your time. The World Health Association (WHO) considers air pollution to be the single biggest environmental risk to human health with 9 out of 10 people in the world breathing polluted air. However, with a few preventive measures, asthmatics don’t need to be limited by the summer’s extreme temperatures and high humidity.