Freshly cut grass, a friendly puppy or a dusty rug is all it takes to set off an asthma attack for Olga Cerini. “My asthma is allergy-based,” says Cerini, who lives in New York City. But she is able to keep her asthma under control, she says, because—in addition to her medications and years of allergy shots—she is careful to avoid these triggers.
For example, “In my home, we have no rugs because rugs are a horrible source of dust,” she says. “We clean frequently with a damp cloth, use either synthetic or cotton bedding, and vacuum the furniture and curtains very often.”