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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

▶ What is Asthma and what are the triggers?

An asthma trigger is a thing, activity or condition that makes asthma worse. When you come in contact with a trigger it can cause a sudden worsening of symptoms which is often called an asthma attack, episode or flare-up.

Common asthma triggers include respiratory infections, allergens, irritants, exercise, and emotions.

Knowing what causes your asthma symptoms is an important step to controlling your asthma. Allergy testing may help you identify your triggers. Your health care provider can help you recognize what makes your asthma worse, and help find simple solutions to reduce and avoid asthma triggers.

The most common asthma triggers include:
  • Respiratory Infections (colds, flu, sinus infections) 
  • Medicines
  • Smoke
  • Pollen, & Air Pollution 
  • Animals Dander 
  • Pests
  • Mold
  • Exercise 
  • Strong Odors 
  • Stress, both personal and work-related, can be a major trigger as well.  
To learn more about asthma triggers and controlling your asthma, visit the American Lung Association.

Excerpted from the ALA

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