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Asthma triggers in your home may include your sofa, warns expert

Another unexpected asthma culprit pointed out by McDougall is the carpet and rugs in your home.

Describing them as “hidden dust traps”, McDougall explained: “Invisible allergens and dust particles stay hidden deep into the fibres of a carpet”.

He added that this can make your “living room a thriving environment for dust mites”.

Dust mites are “tiny creatures that can trigger asthma symptoms”, which can also settle on TV screens, ceilings and walls.

McDougall stated that “animal dander is a typical allergen, so your beloved family pet might be triggering an allergic reaction that exacerbates your asthma symptoms”.

House plants could also be another unexpected asthma trigger as they too can collect dust. Moreover, mould can develop if the plants are overwatered.

However, some plants – such as peace lilies – “can help your asthma by filtering toxins from the air”.

Moving from the living room to the kitchen, McDougall pointed out other possible asthma triggers.

“Gas stoves are a likely culprit for worsening asthma symptoms,” said McDougall. “Nitrogen dioxide is an irritant that can affect your eyes, nose, and throat.”

He added: “Many common cleaning products can exacerbate asthma symptoms, including bleach, detergents and air fresheners.”

Moreover, he said: “Dust is rife in the kitchen, with the tops of kitchen cabinets, fridges, and light fixtures being key areas where dust can gather.”

Scott McDougall is the co-founder and registered manager of The Independent Pharmacy.

This story originally appeared on Express.co.uk

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