Blog 8/2/2017

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: Know Important Asthma Triggers

If you have asthma, an asthma attack can happen when you are exposed to “asthma triggers.”  Your triggers can be very different from those of someone else with asthma. Know your triggers and learn how to avoid them.  Watch out for an attack when you can’t avoid the triggers.

Some of the most common triggers are:
• Environmental Tobacco Smoke (Secondhand Smoke)
• Dust Mites
• Outdoor Air Pollution
• Cockroach Allergen
• Pets
• Mold
• Wood Smoke

Other Triggers
• Infections linked to influenza (flu), colds, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can trigger an asthma attack. Sinus infections, allergies, breathing in some chemicals, and acid reflux can also trigger attacks.
• Physical exercise; some medicines; bad weather, such as thunderstorms or high humidity; breathing in cold, dry air; and some foods, food additives, and fragrances can also trigger an asthma attack.
• Strong emotions can lead to very fast breathing, called hyperventilation, that can also cause an asthma attack.

Remember, you can control your asthma!

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