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Old 01-05-2005, 01:38 PM   #1
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Have you heard this advice?

My husband's friend said he took his son to an asthma specialist and he told him the three things to do first... are get rid of animals...get rid of the carpets...and turn the temp down to like 68 degress.

Has anyone else had this suggested? We still have the dog, the carpets..and I'm freezing my butt off....

 
Old 01-05-2005, 01:54 PM   #2
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Re: Have you heard this advice?

Unfortunately docs say this cos a prime source of probs to asthmatics is excess heat/cold.... constricts the air sacs and fur from animals and carpet mites, which everyone has can aggravate an asthmatic. Unless there's severe probs I wouldn't get rid of the dog... chances are its not allergic asthma anyway... could be triggered by pollution etc and just keep the place hoovered... or do as I did get laminate flooring!

I have outgrown asthma now to an extent, used to have it more severely as a child, but I'd get allergy tests done first before getting rid of the dog.... alternatively, ban the dog from bedding/ furniture etc.

 
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:13 PM   #3
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Re: Have you heard this advice?

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My husband's friend said he took his son to an asthma specialist and he told him the three things to do first... are get rid of animals...get rid of the carpets...and turn the temp down to like 68 degress.

Has anyone else had this suggested? We still have the dog, the carpets..and I'm freezing my butt off....
Getting rid of the animals and carpets really aren't necessary unless the child is allergic to animals and dust/dust mites. Unfortunately, many doctors will recommend this for all asthmatics regardless of whether or not they've had a positive reaction on skin tests.

I've never heard of turning the temperature down, unless the house is really warm, like 89 or something.
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Old 01-05-2005, 10:48 PM   #4
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Re: Have you heard this advice?

Yes I have heard this, its the first thing my pulm told me when I went to him asked about carpeting and animals and temp of house. At the time I had my own place and had new carpeting so I didnt seem to have probs I did have a rabbit which he told me I should not have and it really did make my asthma bad I got rid of it. As far as temp my house always stays 66-70 depending on the time of yr. I like to be cool...Now I am back with my parents and they have really old carpet that I wish we could get rid of cause I know that is killing me and another they always have it way too hot or too cold and we have a dog that sheds BADLY and if I dont vacuum it rarely gets done. Vacuuming stirs up all the dust then I cant breathe and I wish ppl would understand tha in my house but they dont they could care less...

 
Old 01-09-2005, 09:33 PM   #5
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Re: Have you heard this advice?

Dog hair isn't really the culprit, it's animal dander. Get a good vacuum like the Oreck or something that doesn't stir up dust so much. I'm allergic to dust, have asthma and have no problem most of the time. I vacuum everyday, dust every other day, have two dogs, birds and no attack all last year. I take precautions with every chore. I'm sure your parents do understand but you are the one that moved back home and they are happy with the way things are, so it is up to you to take all the precautions to ease your symptoms.

 
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