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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:

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?

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  • JanetH
    5 months ago

    If people can afford it, I highly recommend finding someone you can pay to do cleaning. It is well worth the money. I have a housekeeper come in every other week. She dusts, cleans floors and vacuums, etc. She also is willing to do extra chores for more money, such as washing and rehanging curtains, cleaning walls, vacuuming closet floors. I suggest if you decide on this, clear with your person what type of cleaning products she uses. Also, find someone you trust so that you don’t feel like you have to be in the house when they clean. I can’t. We have an old house, and the dust starts flying, even if I’m not in the room she’s working in. My mother isn’t comfortable leaving the help alone, but if you can trust them, I also suggest that.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi JanetH and thanks for joining in the conversation concerning this article. We appreciate you sharing your viewpoint as well as your suggestions. Glad to hear you’ve been able to work this out to your satisfaction as you make every effort to manage and control this condition. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

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