When I started dating my asthma-inflicted boyfriend six years ago, I had to clean my act up—and I mean literally. I would wake up in the middle of the night to find that he’d gone home, even after he said he was spending the night. He tried to encourage us to stay at his place more. He asked indirect questions about whether or not I’d ever consider hiring a housekeeper or what would happen if I didn’t let my dog sleep on the bed. I was honestly starting to think this guy just doesn’t like me, but he kept calling, and he kept asking to see me. When he finally got comfortable enough, he opened up and told me that my lifestyle and habits were horrible for his asthma. I was taking his breath away, but not in the romantic way. He liked me—it was his lungs that weren’t such big fans of mine. If you love and live with someone who has asthma, then you may need to make some changes. Are your habits making your partner’s asthma worse?
Wearing shoes inside
Shoes track in dirt, debris, dust, and all sorts of other irritants that are bad for asthma sufferers. You’ll need to have a no-shoes-in-the-home rule if you live with an asthma sufferer.