Different Asthma Triggers

Asthma New Zealand - Asthma Triggers

Asthma triggers are substances, conditions, or activities that can cause the symptoms of asthma to worsen or trigger an asthma attack. Asthma triggers vary from person to person, and what triggers one person's asthma may not affect another person at all. Some common asthma triggers include:

  1. Allergens: Common allergens such as dust mites, pollen, mold, and animal dander can trigger asthma symptoms in many people.

  2. Irritants: Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, strong odors, and chemicals can irritate the airways and trigger asthma symptoms.

  3. Infections: Respiratory infections such as the common cold or flu can trigger asthma symptoms in some people.

  4. Exercise: Vigorous physical activity or exercise can trigger asthma symptoms, particularly in people with exercise-induced asthma.

  5. Weather conditions: Changes in temperature or humidity, cold air, or high humidity can trigger asthma symptoms in some people.

  6. Emotions: different emotional states can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. common emotions such as laughing, anger, stress, anxiety are all emotions which can trigger asthma.

  7. Medications: Certain over the counters medications such as cough medicine that can contain aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and beta-blockers can trigger asthma symptoms in some people.

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It's important for people with asthma to identify their triggers and try to avoid them as much as possible to prevent asthma symptoms and attacks. Your doctor can help you identify your triggers and develop a plan to manage them.

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