Living with asthma can be disheartening. After all, even if you are on daily medication and have a rescue inhaler, you may not be able to ward off an asthma attack forever. As you know in addition to being scary, asthma attacks can be deadly.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma kills 11 Americans every single day. While avoiding your known triggers can help, an unknown trigger can cause an attack. If you have never been around termites, these insects might be an unknown trigger for you.
Termite saliva and droppings
It is not uncommon for individuals to have an allergic reaction to termite saliva and droppings. Allergies, of course, have a close link to asthma. Put simply, if pollen, dust and other allergens tend to aggravate your asthma, termite saliva and droppings might do the same.
When termites feast on wood, they leave behind tiny wood particles. Just like termite saliva and droppings, these particles can irritate your airways. Therefore, before you enter a crawlspace or other places that have termite damage, you should put on a quality respirator.
Anxiety and stress
For most, termites are icky. If having wood-eating insects in your home causes you stress, you should know about the role increased anxiety can play in asthma attacks. Specifically, uncontrolled stress might complicate your asthma, potentially leading to a catastrophic flare-up.
Ultimately, if you have a serious asthma attack because of termites or termite damage, you may have grounds to seek significant financial compensation to help with your medical bills.