Asthma, the most prevalent chronic disease among children, can be fatal
Every year, over 460,000 people experience a deadly asthma attack worldwide. A severe asthma attack can prevent the person from getting enough oxygen into their lungs and can even stop their breathing. Therefore, it is paramount that people with asthma avoid triggers as much as possible and have their inhalers handy at all times. Some of the symptoms of asthma that exposure to the fiberglass in a Nectar or Ashley Furniture mattress can worsen are the following:
- shortness of breath
- chest tightness
Bronchitis can become worse with fiberglass exposure as well. If you have asthma or bronchitis, you might come to struggle with serious health complications, such as the irreversible narrowing of the tubes that carry air to and from your lungs, respiratory failure, and pneumothorax, which is the collection of air in the lung that results in the lung collapsing. Therefore, fiberglass exposure is very dangerous for people with chronic respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis.
When someone inhales fiberglass, the large shards might become trapped in the upper airway, whereas the small fibers might reach deep down the lungs. Some of the fibers are removed from the body via sneezing or coughing and the body's defense mechanisms. Nevertheless, a considerable amount of fiberglass stays in the lungs, being able to lead to serious health complications over the years. These are some of the severe respiratory problems people with asthma or bronchitis can experience following exposure to the fiberglass in their Nectar of Ashley Furniture mattresses:
- pulmonary fibrosis
- acute eosinophilic pneumonia
- pulmonary sarcoidosis
- small airway obstruction
- granulomatous lymphadenitis
How fiberglass exposure can worsen asthma and bronchitis symptoms
People who have asthma or bronchitis and took off the cover of their Nectar or Ashley Furniture mattress can immediately experience the aggravation of their symptoms, as particles of fiberglass will become airborne, and they will unavoidably inhale the irritant. A more aggressive cough, frequent sneezing, and a sore throat are usually the signs that your asthma or bronchitis is getting worse because of fiberglass exposure.
For this reason, you should dispose of the problematic mattress immediately by placing it somewhere where it can no longer cause damage to you or your home and move in with someone else or in a hotel room while a professional cleaning team is taking care of the fiberglass in your home. You should never try to remove fiberglass from your hose by yourself, as you will most likely cause more harm than good, and, furthermore, you will risk your health as well by further exposing yourself to fiberglass.