Practical tips to help people with asthma improve the indoor air quality of their home.

Submitted by Daniel on Tue, 2006-09-26 01:21.

Fighting Asthma in Your House | CMHC

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways. It is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting Canadians. Physicians have diagnosed more than 2.2 million Canadians as being asthmatic — 12.2 per cent of Canadian children and 6.3 per cent of adults — according to the 1996–97 National Population Health Survey.

Asthma is not only one of the most common chronic conditions among Canadians; it is growing rapidly among children. In 1996, physicians diagnosed four times as many children with asthma as they did in 1984.

The article gives a number practical tips to help people with asthma improve the indoor air quality with respect to:

  • General no-cost and low-cost lifestyle changes
  • Heating systems and fuel-based appliances
  • Dust mites and molds
  • No-cost and low-cost control of moisture
  • Reducing chemical contaminants