4 million French people suffer from breathing problems
In 2016, asthma affected nearly 4 million people in France and the number of cases was certainly underestimated, according to allergist Pierre Hordé interviewed on the occasion of World Asthma Day by the newspaper Le Monde. In cause: genetic factors, certainly, but also environmental factors, (outdoor air) seasonal (pollens) and against all expectations, indoor air pollution generated by our daily activities.
Our breathing directly related to indoor air quality.
“We talk less about it, but indoor pollution is much greater than outdoor pollution,” Dr. Hordé said for Le Monde. It has its source in the many allergens present in our homes, such as animal hair, mould spores or dust mites. But that’s not all. Gas and dust from our heating and cooking products pollute, as do household cleaning products (detergent, paint remover, etc.), DIY products (glue, varnish) and environmental tobacco. The same goes for burning incense, scented candles and using deodorant sprays.
Others, of smaller size, penetrate deep into the respiratory tract, promoting the appearance of immediate pathologies, in particular asthma. In the longer term, we may be affected by cancer or chronic obstructive bronchopathologies (reduced airways).
Good practices to improve indoor air quality
To keep your home healthy, you will have to act simultaneously on the different sources of pollution. Dust mites tend to become embedded in textiles that you will have to clean regularly (carpets, rugs, curtains…). Your pet, which is a nest with allergenic components, will be ordered not to settle in your bedding and your chair. Damp and dark places are conducive to the growth of mould spores so you will need to monitor the humidity and brightness of your home.
Then do not use deodorant sprays. They mask odours at the expense of air quality. As for incense, candles and room perfumes, it is better to aerate them immediately after use. Generally speaking, the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition recommends that you change the air in your home twice a day, as well as after each use of a cleaning or household product.
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Asthma causes respiratory problems, wheezing and coughing, especially during sports. An asthma attack is characterized by the contraction of bronchial muscles, associated with the secretion of large amounts of mucus that significantly reduce breathing capacity. All age groups are affected by asthma, but the World Health Organization says it is the most common chronic disease in children.