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ASTHMA EDUCATION

Environmental Control Measures

The Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center, P.C.

Dr. W. Jan Cazmier, MD, PhD – Dr. Shailee Madhok, MD
Brenda Bentley FNP, Bonnie Messerschmidt FNP

Environmental Control Measures for Allergies

Pollen

  • Avoid the outdoors on high pollen count days
  • High levels of pollen occur late evening and early morning
  • keep house/car windows closed
  • Use HEPA filters for air filters and vacuums
  • Change clothes and take a shower after being outdoors
  • Dust with a damp cloth and vacuum weekly
  • Do not hang laundry outdoors to dry
  • Wear a mask and safety glasses while doing yard work
  • Take medications (such as antihistamines) before going outdoors especially with high pollen counts and extended exposure time

Dust Mite

  • Keep bedrooms as clean as possible
  • All bedding should be washable and washed weekly in 130 degree or above water
  • Use Dacron or foam pillows instead of feather
  • Enclose pillows and mattresses in protective dust mite covers
  • Wear a mask while cleaning
  • Dust with a damp cloth twice weekly
  • Remove carpet and replace with wooden or Linoleum flooring
  • Vacuum and wet mop all hard surface floors twice weekly including under bed
  • Eliminate “dust collectors” such as books, stuffed animals, throw pillows, etc.
  • Keep relative humidity levels in the house below 50%
  • Use air purifiers especially in bedrooms

Animals

  • Keep pets out of bedrooms
  • Do not allow pets on furniture or use throw sheet that can be washed weekly
  • regularly groom pets by brushing daily to weekly and bathing weekly to monthly
  • Use air purifiers and change air filters for the furnace monthly
  • Wash hands after touching pet
  • Vacuum twice weekly, not only flooring, but furniture as well
  • Keep bed bedding as clean as possible

Mold

  • Keep household humidity less than 50%
  • Limit the number of indoor plats
  • Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter
  • Clean air vents for return air flow to heating and cooling unit
  • Avoid putting damp cloth and vacuum twice weekly
  • Use clean products that prevent mold growth especially in the bathroom and kitchen area
  • Use Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to remove moisture from the air
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas of the house

ASTHMA EDUCATON RESOURCES FOR PROVIDERS & FAMILIES

Regional Allergy Asthma & Immunology Center, PC

Addresses

2995 Fort Henry Drive, Suite 100
Kingsport, TN 37664

2312 Knob Creek Road Suite 206
Johnson City, TN 37603

Other Contact Info

Phone: 423-246-6445

Fax: 423-246-8240

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:45 am - 4:45 pm

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Last allergy shot given at 4:15pm