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Common Asthma Triggers

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Common Asthma Triggers: Some Triggers May Surprise You

Believe it or not, common asthma triggers are all around us. Asthma sufferers are sensitive to things in the environment that simply don’t affect others. Asthma triggers differ from person to person, but there are some commonalities. People with EIB or asthma generally are sensitive to cold and dry air. Air is usually warmed and humidified by the nose, but during strenuous activity people breathe more through their mouths. This allows cold, dry air to reach your lungs, triggering asthma symptoms. Things like air pollution, high pollen levels, and viral respiratory infections may also be triggers for your asthma.

The Most Common Asthma Triggers:

  • Allergens such as dust mites, pollens, mold, and pet dander
  • Airborne irritants such as the following:
    • Cigarette smoke
    • Air pollution
    • Wood fires
    • Charcoal grills
    • Dust
    • Chemicals (including, but not limited to, household cleaners)
  • Respiratory illnesses like the flu, colds, sinus infections, and pneumonia
  • Exercise
  • Dry, cold air or sudden changes in the weather
  • Medicines like aspirin, NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or beta blockers
  • Sulfites in food
  • Hormonal changes caused by menstrual cycles
  • Acid reflux

If you’ve experienced some of these common asthma triggers, make an appointment at one of our five locations. Together, we can develop an asthma treatment plan that works for you.