A.Ellen Tohn of ERT Associates, an environmental consultant and a senior advisor to the Asthma Regional Council, replies: Asthma and allergies are related -- asthma is a breathing difficulty often brought on by an allergic reaction to certain triggers in the environment. There are some things you can do as a builder to help reduce asthma triggers, which can reduce the frequency and severity of attacks.
A few main allergens are responsible for most asthma attacks -- chiefly, dust allergens, pet dander, pests (especially cockroaches), and mold. You should try to build in a way that helps to reduce all of those. But many asthma sufferers are particularly sensitive to specific allergens, and you should ask clients with asthma to get their doctor's...
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