… bathing or grooming your pets also may reduce the amount of dander in your surroundings.
Use your air conditioner. Air conditioning helps reduce the amount of airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds that finds its way indoors. Air conditioning also lowers indoor humidity and can reduce your child’s exposure to dust mites. If you don’t have air conditioning, try to keep your windows closed during pollen season.
Keep dust to a minimum. Reduce dust that may aggravate nighttime symptoms by replacing certain items in your bedroom. For example, encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-proof covers. Consider removing carpeting and installing hard flooring, particularly in your child’s bedroom. Use washable curtains and blinds.
Clean regularly. Clean your home at least once a week to remove dust and allergens.
Reduce your child’s exposure to cold air. If your child’s asthma is worsened by cold, dry air, wearing a face mask outside can help.
“Further studies must be undertaken to determine which aspects contributing to poor control play a role in this population of patients,” she said. “This can inform national measures to help improve the components of asthma control among black children.”
Dr. Craig Osleeb is a pediatric allergist at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He said that while certain genetic or environmental factors might play a role in the higher death risk to black children, “this study may [also] suggest discrepancies in access to care.”
These findings were presented at a medical meeting, and they should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.