The best strategy is to avoid airborne irritants whenever possible.
• Get rid of your swamp cooler -- use central air conditioning. If this isn’t possible, at least use an air conditioner in your bedroom.
• Watch the news for pollution alerts (high ozone days), and be ready to step up your treatment if necessary.
• If you smoke, quit. Ask family members to quit smoking, too.
• Don’t allow smoking in your home.
• Be sure no one smokes at your child’s day care center.
• Don’t use wood burning stoves, fireplaces, or kerosene heaters to heat your home.
• Avoid perfumes and perfumed products such as talcum powder, candles, and hairspray.
• Reduce strong cooking odors by using an exhaust fan and opening windows when you cook.
• Don’t stay in your home, school, or work site if it’s being painted.
• If gas fumes irritate your airways, have someone else
pump your gas for you.
• If you can’t get rid of irritants in the ways described above, use an indoor air-cleaning device. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) purifier is a good one to try.