I was surprised when my doctor recently diagnosed me with asthma.
I only had on and off breathing and sinus issues over the years, and I always assumed that it was only due to seasonal allergies.
My symptoms would get worse in spring and autumn due to pollen and leaf mold respectively, but they obviously got worse in recent years. I explained to my doctor that I was having problems catching my breath and going up and down staircases, so he ran a few tests. That’s when I found out that I have asthma and have probably had it most of my life. Aside from prescribing me an inhaler to use whenever I have problems with my breathing, he told me that I need to think about improving the air quality in my house. At the time, I didn’t even know that air quality could affect someone’s health. That may seem foolish, but I had never experienced these issues enough to think that I had anything but seasonal allergy problems. The first thing I did to improve my air quality was purchasing an air purifier for my living room. It has a charcoal filter, HEPA filter, and UV-C lights inside for added air sanitization. I didn’t realize how much dust was floating in my indoor air until replacing the filters on my air purifier following months of daily use. Between the air purifier and upgrading the filters that I use in my central furnace, I made a lot of headway with improving my health and my asthma symptoms. At least I’m functioning a lot better at home without constantly coughing and sneezing like before.