Taking a breath when you have asthma may feel like someone is sitting on your chest or like a fish out of water. Although many people have asthma, not everybody reacts the same way to asthma triggers. According to Asthma UK, an asthma trigger is anything that irritates your sensitive airways and sets off your asthma. Asthma sufferers may have one or more triggers and their effect may vary by day and how well you are managing your asthma.

People are sometimes affected by a combination of triggers. For instance, your asthma is normally not triggered by dog fur but one day you may have a cold and come in contact with a dog and experience an asthma attack. It is important to note how you feel in different situations, so you can be aware of potential triggers and stay away from them.

Asthma triggers are everywhere and can worsen your symptoms. Some common triggers are:

  • Allergens: Pollen, dust mites, cockroaches, molds, pet dander, rodents.
  • Irritants in the air: Tobacco smoke, wood fires, charcoal grills, chemicals, air pollution, vapors, strong odors, dust or particles in the air
  • Illnesses: Colds, pneumonia, sinus infections and influenza
  • Sudden weather changes
  • Strong emotions: Laughter anger, fear, crying
  • Exercise and other physical activities

For a better understanding of asthma triggers view the video below:

Unless you live in a bubble, it is impossible to avoid all triggers. The good news is that you can reduce the risk of developing asthma symptoms by staying away from avoidable triggers like pets, cigarette smoke, and alcohol. Additionally, you can take your preventive inhaler and follow your asthma action plan to manage your symptoms and reduce the irritation of your airways.

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For more general information, please visit:

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/understanding/