Information on the top asthma triggers found in homes.
ASTHMA IS A GROWING problem, especially among children and the elderly. According to the U.S. EPA, asthma affects 25 million Americans, including 7 million children. Though outdoor environmental pollutants and allergens such as pollen are contributing to the epidemic, unhealthy air inside homes, schools and other buildings is exacerbating the problem. Asthma strikes poor children disproportionately, as they often live in older buildings with inadequate ventilation and moisture problems.
School Kids Fight Asthma, a non-profit organization, is raising donations to provide medical assistance, indoor allergen inspection training and indoor allergen protection for disadvantaged school kids with asthma. Among other things, the group is collecting thousands of mattress and pillow covers, fitted sheets, non-toxic pesticides and chemical-free cleaning materials. Learn more: www.schoolkidsfightasthma.com