Avoiding Asthma Triggers Overview
Avoid Asthma Triggers
Many triggers can cause an asthma attack. Many people with asthma also have allergies which can trigger asthma. Other things such as tobacco, exercise, or even certain medications can trigger asthma. It is important to understand what triggers your asthma and avoid them at all costs. If there is no way around it, this is what the Asthma Action Plan will be helpful to know what to do in an emergency situation.
Common Asthma Triggers
There are a variety of asthma triggers, and they vary from person to person. Here are some of the most common triggers:
- Tobacco smoke is one of the leading triggers, whether it is directly inhaled or through secondhand smoke.
- Outdoor Air Pollution comes from cars, factories, or a variety of other places. You can check the air quality forecasts when planning your time outdoors.
- Smoke from burning grass or wood can release harmful gases that can lead to an asthma attack. Avoid burning wood in your home and if you live in an area with wildfires, check air quality forecasts before going outside.
- Mold is typically found in places with high humidity. In the home, clean laundry rooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen regularly.
- Dust Mites are in nearly every home. To prevent attacks, wash bedding weekly and use mattress and pillow covers.
- Cockroaches can lead to an asthma attack. Avoid cockroaches in your home by cleaning regularly and keeping food and water put away.
- Pets are a common trigger and can be avoided by washing them regularly, cleaning floors, and removing them from the be