Common Asthma trigger #4: Rodents
Mouse allergens are highly prevalent in inner-city homes, even in homes that are not infested with mice, because the allergens disperse easily. Major allergen sources are their urine, hair follicles and dander.
What can I do?
- Integrated pest management
- Plug access cracks and crevices
- Protect food sources
What else can I do?
After completing the above steps, vigorously and thoroughly clean areas to remove allergens.
Please note that these recommendations are preliminary and more scientific research is needed.
Most of the above information derives from a published article by asthma specialist Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr Wanda Phipatanakul, of Harvard Medical School and attending physician, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.: 'Environmental Factors and Childhood Asthma'. Pediatric Annals, 35:9; September 2006.
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