Doctors Warn of Asthma Risks During Spring Cleaning

Created: 04/18/2013 6:39 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

It may not feel like spring outside, but many of us are itching to do some spring cleaning. Now, there’s a warning for anyone with asthma.

Doctors say it’s not just added dust that can trigger breathing problems but the cleaning agents themselves. They say it makes a big difference how the cleaner is applied; the more particles in the air, the worse it is for your lungs.

"What can happen is that it can propel into a much larger asthma attack,” Dr. Sumita Khatri of Cleveland Clinic said. “A lot of people end up hospitalized because of their efforts to clean.”

There are alternative natural cleaners that are better for you lungs, like vinegar, baking soda, and sometimes even olive oil. Doctors say you should also have an Asthma Action Plan somewhere accessible in the home with step-by-step instructions for any loved one in an emergency.