National Asthma Week begins September 1st to 7th which highlights the importance of managing this condition that affects 1 in every six children and 1 in every 10 adults lives with this chronic and life threatening disease. Not only that, but in Australia over 2 million people are affected.
Exposure to dusts in your home, school or workplace can cause asthma.
Airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and occupational asthma are now known to result from exposure to silica and other workplace dusts.
In June 2006, the Woolcock institute of Medical Research reported that almost 10% of cases of adult-onset asthma in NSW are caused by occupational exposure to dust, more than 5 times the number previously thought-JUNE 2006 BRW.
Exposure to triggers may worsen symptoms for people affected by asthma. Finding out what triggers your asthma or makes your asthma worse is the first step in taking control of your asthma.
Every person can have different asthma triggers. The most common are:
- Inhaled allergens–(pollens, moulds, animal hair and dust mite)
- Cigarette Smoke
- Changes in temperature and weather
- Certain drugs (eg aspirin and some blood pressure medications)
- Chemicals and strong smells
- Some foods and food preservatives, flavourings and colourings
- Some occupations
- Colds and flu
- Exercise (this can be managed)
The National Asthma Council Australia has developed the Sensitive Choice licensing program to enable consumers to identify products that are low irritant and low allergy which may benefit people with asthma and/or allergies to improve their health and well-being. Approved products can be identified by the butterfly logo.
The national Asthma Council recommends a regular cleaning schedule to remove allergens and encourages the use of low irritant non-allergenic products.
Although asthma cannot be cured, regular vacuum cleaning will reduce asthma and allergy triggers to prevent the symptoms.
The complete range of Tennant vacuums are Sensitive Choice approved by the National Asthma Council of Australia. This means that Tennant vacuums are low irritant and non-allergenic products suitable for reducing asthma and allergy triggers and can improve health and well being in the home, school and workplace.
Tennant offers a range of models including upright, canister, back pack and wet & dry vacuums.
HEPA filtration is available on selected models of vacuums and sweepers capturing particles as small as 0.3 microns at 99.99954% efficiency. This includes pollen spores, hair, carbon dust, flour dust, cigarette smoke, mite dung and bacteria.
Take control of asthma and allergies this spring. For more on the Tennant Sensitive Choice vacuum range, visit Tennant website.