You were probably told to stay indoors if you suffer from flu symptoms, have asthma or allergies.
But maybe you should also get into the fresh air.
The significant increase in asthma and allergies in recent decades is likely to be associated with a poorer inner climate. In the winter, especially young children live far longer than they are outside, while we know they become easier and more infected with viral and bacterial diseases. There is a connection here. Often, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, says Dr. Kjell Vaage.
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It is well documented that a low indoor climate can exacerbate the wounds of people suffering from asthma and allergies.
The incidence of these diseases is on the rise, and research shows that growth is increasingly associated with outdoor and indoor environmental factors, according to the Asthma and Allergy Association of Norway.
The case continues under the picture.
"In the winter months, we come in, as well as pests such as mice and rats." In addition, we know that mushrooming and mold in residential homes often grow this season. "Studies show that living in a humid and moldy building alongside of time gives rise to an increased risk of asthma and can also lead to higher and worse respiratory infections, cough and chest tubing, "says Øyvind Setnes in Tryg Forsikring.
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The various infectious diseases associated with the indoor climate primarily affect the respiratory and mucosal membranes of the nose and throat region. It causes common conditions like colds and flu.
One of the most serious sources of indoor pollution is pouring.
"It is especially in the transition period between the wet autumn and the winter cold that the miop is thriving. We do not like it, but the air inside it is affected by it. If you do not get a mug, it will turn into a health problem for all who live in the house, says Setnes.
Mold shapes are the most common, but all molds can be prevented through good prevention. The key words here are to keep the surfaces clean and dry and make sure that the moisture can not accumulate anywhere.
Good tips for a good indoor climate:
- 1. Wipe twice a day for 15 minutes. It does not stop opening a window, you need to open the windows at all ends of the house. Then the humidity increases and the temperature is lowered, which in turn causes the dust to become heavier and to settle on the floor. In addition to using the extractor fan, you should also have an open window when cooking. This is to avoid water and gas vapors.
- 2. Maintain a constant indoor temperature in all rooms at 21 degrees. Do not stop the heat in the rooms you do not use. What can happen is that the surfaces become cold and create condensation in combination with humidity. Water that occurs can quickly lead to mold. It is especially important to have a temperature of 18-21 degrees in the bedroom, because we actually do some moisture when we sleep.
- 3. Avoid drying clothes inside if possible. Water vapor is one of the worst for the home climate. Humidity can lead to mold, which is the main concern when it comes to indoor climate, which can increase asthma and respiratory distress. If you need to close your clothes to dry inside, it is advisable to do so on a bath with a hood.
- 4. Avoid having large furniture directly against the cold exterior walls. If the cold and hot air is encountered, it should be air and good air circulation. Otherwise, condensation will develop, which may eventually become molded. We recommend a distance of at least 5-10 cm between the furniture and the cold exterior walls.
- 5. Provide documentation, especially if you are a tenant. In some cases, owners may be able to improve, and may therefore be required to terminate the lease. This applies to homes where it has been shown to be dangerous to live and nothing is done to correct the conditions. (Source: Insurance)