Managing allergic asthma with Jessica Shyba, Instagram star and mother of son with allergic asthma, and Robin Wilson, interior designer living with allergic asthma
Dec 07, 2017
Breathing Space: Encouraging others to manage uncontrolled asthma triggered by allergies
With allergic asthma, or asthma triggered by allergies, it can be scary not knowing the exact allergens that can trigger an attack. Take it from Jessica Shyba, Instagram star, author and mother of son Jack, who has allergic asthma. While living in New York City, Jessica recounts a turning point in the search for a diagnosis for Jack. She was in a taxi rushing to get him to a doctor as he was seemingly having an asthma attack. That helpless feeling of not knowing what to do encouraged her and her family to speak with a specialist to learn more about his condition and identify his allergic triggers.
Also joining Jessica as part of Breathing Space is Robin Wilson, interior designer, author and allergy-friendly home expert who lives with allergic asthma.
Growing up in Austin, Texas, Robin jokingly says that she grew up “wheezing” and remembers the lifestyle changes her parents made to reduce her allergic triggers at home. She loved rearranging the furniture in her parents’ home, but always had to be careful not to trigger her asthma. As much trouble as her allergic asthma gave her growing up, she never let her condition get in the way of her passion: interior design. Robin’s allergic asthma diagnosis and love for interior decorating set her on the path she is today; sharing her story to encourage people to live with fewer allergic triggers, but still live in style.
Jessica and Robin’s involvement in Breathing Space allows them to share their tips, advice and personal stories with those who are trying to get their allergic asthma under control.
As part of the program, they provide practical tips to help manage uncontrolled allergic asthma such as:
Keep pets out of bedrooms and off upholstered furniture, if you cannot avoid having pets
Use dryer sheets for quick dusting, starting from the top and moving down
Choose furniture with smooth fabrics and removable cushions
Encase pillows and mattresses in allergy-friendly covers
Use an air purifier to reduce allergens in the air