keeping a window open at night,is supposed to releave the syptoms of asthma is this true
Liz - posted on 01/27/2013
Totally depends on what is triggering the asthma in the first place. Common triggers are dust mites and their debris, pollen, dust, mold spores and chemicals. Having the window open could mitigate some of these and worsen exposure to others.
Anyone can get irritated from a room with overly dry air, which can happen with heating in winter months, not just people with asthma, though asthmatics will find that this irritation may exacerbate their symptoms. Overly cold air can do the same, however, so there's a fine line to tread when discovering what actually works and doesn't work for your child. Common sense should prevail and I wouldn't recommend that anyone is leaving a window open in winter. I personally wouldn't leave a window open in summer either, but that really does depend on where you live, what the climate is, whether you have air conditioning, what the bugs are like and what could decide to come in the window if it's open.
We used to use a room mist humidifier, but in our new house where the window frames are wooden, this led to a situation where mold began to develop in a rather swift and rampant fashion on all the frames in my daughter's room. We stopped using it for that reason but still use an air purifier in there. She's fine.
Bottom line, if your kid has asthma, make sure they see a pediatric doctor who specialises in asthma and immunology disorders, then they'll work with you to prescribe the correct treatment for your child as well as talking to you about what, if any, lifestyle changes you should make.
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