VP of Marketing and Communication, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects almost 24 million people in the United States. If you suffer from asthma, you may experience coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath which can potentially require medical attention. While unfortunately there is no cure for asthma, here are the most common triggers you should look for to help mitigate symptoms.
Exercising, especially in cold air, is a frequent asthma trigger. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, known as exercise-induced asthma, is a form of asthma that is triggered by physical activity.
2. Irritants in the air
Cigarette smoke, air pollution, wood fires and perfumes, while not allergens, can inflame airways and bring on an asthma episode.
3. Respiratory illness
Infections such as colds, flu, sore throats and pneumonia can bring about asthma symptoms in adults, and are the most common asthma trigger in children.
Allergens such as dust mites, pollens, molds and pet dander can produce asthma symptoms if inhaled.
Dry wind, cold air or sudden changes in weather can sometimes bring on an asthma episode.
6. Feeling and expressing strong emotions
When you feel strong emotions such as anger, fear and excitement, your breathing changes and may cause wheezing or other asthma symptoms.
If you are sensitive to aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, they may trigger asthma symptoms. Other medicines known as beta blockers can also make asthma harder to control.
Be sure to talk to your health care provider about your asthma and triggers.
Adam Bailine, VP of Marketing and Communication, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, [email protected]