Asthma Triggers

Asthma triggers are those things that cause your asthma to worsen. It is important to be able to identify your individual triggers so that you can avoid them. This will help you prevent asthma attacks.

Common Asthma Triggers

  • Allergens: House dust, dust mites, mold spores, pollen and animal dander.
  • Bacterial and viral Infections: The common cold, influenza, sinusitis and bronchitis.
  • Irritants: Air pollution, smoke, car fumes, perfume, paint odors and cold air.
  • Others: Weather changes, exercise, GE reflex, stress and emotions.

Drugs, such as the following, can also trigger asthma attacks:

  • Aspirin
  • Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Beta Adrenergic Blocking Agents
  • ACE Inhibitors can cause cough

Early Warning Signs of Asthma

Early warning signs are helpful indicators that asthma is worsening. Each individual has a unique set of early warning signs. It is important to identify what your early warning signs are in order to properly care for your asthma.

For example: A common early warning sign may include-experiencing cold symptoms followed by cough and chest tightness resulting in wheezing.

On occasions, when allergies trigger asthma, the first signs may be those of hayfever, such as sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose.

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