Every breath we take contains millions of particles of dust, allergens, chemicals, pollutants and other tiny molecules. And while pollen and outdoor air pollution get most of the attention, Environmental Protection Agency – or EPA – studies show that pollutant levels inside homes and buildings are two to five times higher than outside!

And since Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, that puts clean indoor air at the top of everyone’s must-have list. If you have asthma and allergies, it means even more.

The National Institutes of Health National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recently updated the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma and highlighted six priority recommendations for treating asthma. One of these was to develop a strategy to reduce a patient’s exposure to allergens and irritants that make that person’s asthma worse, either by increasing inflammation in the lungs or setting off episodes of coughing and wheezing.

For a step-by-step guide to reducing allergens and irritants at home, school and play, download AANMA’s free Indoor AIRepair™ kit.

In the first of a series of podcasts discussing indoor air quality, AANMA talked with James Sublett, MD, a board-certified allergist and indoor air specialist from Louisville, Kentucky, and a member of the Board of Regents Executive Committee for the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.