Compilation Article: Tips to Handle Chores and Household Work
Living with asthma can be difficult. Managing your day to day with asthma, apart from all the added things you need to do as part of asthma management can really add up.
How does asthma impact one's ability to do household chores?
When one thinks of asthma, what comes to mind is a picture of a person holding their chest and wheezing or having breathlessness and trying to use their inhaler. But asthma goes way beyond that. The various asthma symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, chronic cough, can also lead to some silent or "not-visible" symptoms like fatigue. This fatigue can get in the way of doing everyday chores and household work.
A lot of the people living with asthma live with allergic asthma, meaning, their asthma is triggered by chemicals and irritants. For those living with asthma, this can pose an added hurdle when it comes to cleaning the house or doing other household chores like laundry, cooking, etc.
Some tips to handle chores and household work
Here are some articles from our advocates providing some tips on managing household chores and work when living with asthma:
- Kathi's article exploring the hazards and benefits of cleaning.
- Theresa talks about making sure cleaning the house does not flare up your asthma in this article.
- Kat writes about the importance of cleaning your AC vents and HVAC system as an important way to keep those pesky asthma triggers like dust and mold at bay.
- Lorene shares about how she creates her own cleaning supplies to ensure cleaning supplies and chemical triggering asthma are kept at bay.
- John shares his experience with spring cleaning shares some tips he's gathered along the years.
While living with asthma may need one to always be mindful of their surroundings, always watch for triggers, and always have their inhaler handy, having a handful of these tips can ensure your living environment is as trigger-free as possible and you're able to do that by using asthma-friendly cleaning techniques.
Do you have any tips for managing household chores and cleaning when living with asthma?
Do you get muscle cramps caused by your asthma medicine?