Household pests, mold, and pets are just some indoor allergens that can trigger asthma symptoms
Household pests, mold, and pets are just some indoor allergens that can trigger asthma symptoms
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Asthma and indoor allergies

Allergies can trigger your asthma symptoms, or make them worse. Some of the things that can make your symptoms flare up include:

  • Household pests (e.g., dust mites and cockroaches)
  • Mold
  • Pets

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to avoid asthma triggers.

Household pests and asthma

Dust mites, cockroaches and mice can all make asthma symptoms worse. Here are some ways to reduce their effect on your asthma:

  • Avoid carpeting and upholstered furniture in your home
  • Vacuum, clean and dust on a regular basis
  • Use mattress and pillow covers that don’t let dust or mites through (packaging should say “allergen impermeable”)
  • Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water (at least 130°F)
  • Limit the number of stuffed toys in your home and wash them weekly
  • Keep the indoor humidity level below 60%

Asthma and pets

Your pets may cause your asthma symptoms to get worse. To reduce exposure to their allergens:1

  • Keep pets out of your bedroom
  • Use a HEPA air filter on your furnace and air conditioner

Your healthcare provider may recommend that you find a new home for your pets if these methods don’t help your asthma.

If you do have an asthma attack, use a rescue inhaler, like ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder. Find out about ProAir RespiClick®—the only FDA-approved rescue inhaler that’s activated by your breath.

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ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir RespiClick®, seek medical attention immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir RespiClick® without first talking to your healthcare professional
  • Before using ProAir RespiClick®, be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you have a heart, blood, thyroid or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • ProAir RespiClick® can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as an increase in pulse, blood pressure and/or related symptoms. If you have a heart condition, your healthcare professional will determine if ProAir RespiClick® is right for you
  • Make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medicines you are taking — especially other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, heart and blood pressure medicines and drugs that treat depression — because some medicines may interfere with how well your asthma medicines work
  • Common side effects in patients 12 years of age and older taking ProAir RespiClick® include back pain, body aches and pains, upset stomach, sinus headache, and urinary tract infection
  • Common side effects in patients 4 to 11 years of age taking ProAir RespiClick® include upper respiratory infections, mouth and throat pain, and vomiting
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away
  • These are not all of the possible side effects of ProAir RespiClick®. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

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Reference:
  1. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/asthgdln.pdf. Accessed March 11, 2016.

ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
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ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir RespiClick®, seek medical attention immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir RespiClick® without first talking to your healthcare professional
  • Before using ProAir RespiClick®, be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you have a heart, blood, thyroid or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • ProAir RespiClick® can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as an increase in pulse, blood pressure and/or related symptoms. If you have a heart condition, your healthcare professional will determine if ProAir RespiClick® is right for you
  • Make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medicines you are taking — especially other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, heart and blood pressure medicines and drugs that treat depression — because some medicines may interfere with how well your asthma medicines work
  • Common side effects in patients 12 years of age and older taking ProAir RespiClick® include back pain, body aches and pains, upset stomach, sinus headache, and urinary tract infection
  • Common side effects in patients 4 to 11 years of age taking ProAir RespiClick® include upper respiratory infections, mouth and throat pain, and vomiting
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away
  • These are not all of the possible side effects of ProAir RespiClick®. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

SEE FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION