Asthma continues to be one of the most common chronic diseases in the Philippines. Almost 11 million Filipinos suffer from it, according to a report by the Asthma Insights and Reality in the Asia Pacific. It is also, sadly, the most common disease behind childhood morbidity.
Asthma, however, is a manageable disease. There are now a number of ways to reduce asthma attacks and strengthen one’s respiratory system, but one of the leading causes for its prevalence – indoor air pollution – may still be widely overlooked.
Indoor air pollution is serious, but it is not as seriously considered as outdoor air pollution. Perhaps it is because it is natural for us to feel safer at home. But unhealthy indoor air is a true barrier to proper asthma management. According to the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality contributes greatly to the development of chronic lung diseases like asthma.
So how do we manage indoor air pollution? Continue reading