It’s time for summer vacation, and for those with asthma it is crucial to consider how staying in a new space may affect your symptoms.
First, look at the rental’s policies that could affect your asthma. If one of your triggers is pet dander, look for spaces in your search that support ‘no-pet’ policies. Or if dust-mites are your trigger, you might want to seek out non-carpeted rooms.
Since dirty air conditioning filters can significantly affect air quality, you may want to ask if you would be able to exchange the current filter for a new, allergen-reducing one.
One of the less obvious, but no less harmful, parts of your stay could very well be the bed. Duvets, blankets, and pillows that are not washed frequently enough will expose you to dust mites that could worsen your asthma. A UK study conducted by the University of Worcester found that 3 out of 5 Brits admitted to not washing their duvets every six months. With the quantity of bedding that hotels must wash, cleaning duvets and extra blankets sometimes fall to the wayside. It is not uncommon, therefore, for asthmatics to bring their own bedding on their summer vacation.