Irritant Induced Asthma

Asthma Aerosol

Symptoms of Aerosol Induced Asthma

In this condition, the passages to the lungs will begin to narrow and swell which will cause shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Symptoms will typically appear within minutes of being around the substance. These symptoms are very common and are one of the main causes of asthma.

Causes of Aerosol Induced Asthma

Aerosols are found in items such as house cleaners. They are solid and liquid particles in a gas. When these particles are breathed in, then the body reacts by releasing leukotrienes and histamines. When these chemicals are released is when the inflammation of the lungs and mucus production occurs. This reaction is when asthma triggers occur. Many careers have a larger exposure to aerosols, such as hair dressers or cleaners.

Treatment of Aerosol Induced Asthma

The best way to treat irritant induced asthma is to avoid the substance, and if that is not possible, then to use bronchodilators and prescription medications. Allergy testing is usually suggested to know what allergens to avoid. When triggers are properly avoided and the patient consistently uses the right medication, symptoms will improve. If limiting your exposure just is not possible, then you will want to be sure to use canned sprays in areas with good circulation or outdoors. You should also leave the area and only return when the fumes have settled. Be sure to follow the directions that come on the bottle and wear a mask made specifically for the product that you are using. If possible, check for pump spray alternatives instead of the spray can.

Asthma Air Pollution

Symptoms of Air Pollution Induced Asthma

Air pollution can make it harder to breathe, and can also cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and the burning sensation of the lungs. These asthma symptoms will typically occur the day after you have been outside and exposed to polluted air. A reaction to air pollution can also make you more sensitive to other asthma triggers too.

Causes of Air Pollution Induced Asthma

Air pollution is any particles that are found in the air that are not part of the natural composition of the air. The cause of air pollution can be from gas, smoke, ash, or dust. Air pollution worsens asthma symptoms. Air pollution can also be found in your home. Home air pollution includes pesticides, paint, candles, fireplaces, hair spray, etc.

Treatments of Air Pollution Induced Asthma

The first step to treatment is to avoid the irritants. Since most of our time is spent in our homes, then home is the first step of reducing air pollutions. Since exercise is so important to those with asthma, then you will want to check the pollution levels outdoors before beginning exercise. If possible, spend your time outdoors during the morning and if levels are too bad, move your exercise indoors. If you or your child is a part of an organized sport that practices outdoors, then speak with the coach about the possibility of moving the practice to an indoor gym. Your physician may also recommend a medication treatment plan, and if necessary, you should always carry a quick-relief medication. During times when air pollution is high, your physician may recommend increasing the dose of medications.

Asthma Chemicals

Symptoms of Chemical Induced Asthma

Chemicals that are inhaled can cause a variety of symptoms. Symptoms may include: wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and trouble sleeping. You will notice that symptoms get worse after exposure to chemicals.

Causes of Chemical Induced Asthma

Many household cleaners, soaps, and grooming supplies contain chemicals that can trigger asthma symptoms. Natural fragrances that are found in air fresheners or cleaners may also be the cause of a reaction. When purchasing cleaners and air fresheners for your home, check the label and choose products that do not contain fragrant, irritants, VOCs, or flammable ingredients. Chemicals may also be found in the workplace, especially those that clean or does hair full time. It may be harder to avoid chemicals that are found in the workplace, but you will need to take precautionary measures.

Treatment of Chemical Induced Asthma

The first step is to remove the use of chemicals from the home. Even many household cleaners that claim to be clean and healthy may have chemicals that will trigger asthma symptoms. When cleaning, be sure to keep windows open and keep to room well ventilated. There are many natural cleaners such as using water, vinegar, baking soda, etc. instead of using harsh chemicals in your home. If you are not able to cut out chemicals completely because of your job or any other reason, then you will want to be sure to monitor your breathing. You will want to continue taking your prescribed medication and keep your quick-rescue inhaler nearby just in case.

Asthma Smoking

Symptoms of Smoking Induced Asthma

When a person with asthma breathes in smoke or secondhand smoke, they are more likely to cough, wheeze, or experience shortness of breath. Tobacco is a very serious asthma trigger as the irritating trigger will settle in the airways and cause asthma symptoms. If you have asthma and smoke regularly, then you are likely to have ongoing asthma symptoms.

Causes of Smoking Induced Asthma

Whether you are directly breathing in the tobacco smoke or breathing in second hand smoke, it is extremely irritating to the airways. Tobacco also damages the hair-like structures in the airways which allows for dust and mucus to build up. Smoke also makes the lungs produce more mucus than usual. These things cause an attack. Secondhand smoke is thought to be more dangerous than smoking because the some contains more harmful substances than just the smoke that is being inhaled.

Treatment of Smoking Induced Asthma

The first step to treatment is to avoid smoke. If you are a smoker, then you will want to quit smoking. If you are inhaling secondhand smoke, then you will want to not allow people to smoke in your home, car, or around you or your child. If there are restaurants or places that you visit that allow smoking, then you will need to avoid these places. You will also want to speak to your physician about medications to take to control your asthma symptoms. If you have symptoms that are very serious, then your physician will likely recommend a rescue inhaler in case you are in a situation where smoke can not be avoided.