If your bedroom or other rooms in your home look a lot like the one below, you may be living in an asthma "nightmare"—an environment full of potential causes of asthma attacks. Many people with asthma have allergies that make their asthma worse. They may be allergic to dust, pollen, animal dander, mold, mildew—even cockroaches. Some people's asthma symptoms flare up when they are exposed to substances that irritate their airways, such as cigarette smoke; chemical odors; or cold, very dry air. If allergies or irritants make your asthma worse, you need to take a close look at your living (and work) space. For practice, take a look first at this picture.
How many asthma "hazards"do you see?
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