Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Triggers

triggers of asthma

Most or in fact ALL asthma patients for any period of time, you have likely come to and identifying point some of the things that make the asthma worse by triggering. You may have found that if you run to catch the bus on a cold winter’s day, you begin to cough and breathe heavily. 

Perhaps if you are around cigarette smoke or strong perfumes, you experience tightening in your chest and need to use your asthma medications. And if a simple head cold settles in your chest, you begin to wheeze and become seriously short of breath.

Knowing what will set off your asthma symptoms is essential because it is then often possible to stay healthy simply by avoiding those sparks that can cause your asthma to flare up. Sometimes avoidance is relatively easy, like staying away from the asthma triggers example your pet cat. 

Other times it involves hard work, like removing mold and mildew from the bathroom or reducing dust accumulation in the bedroom.The solution is better breathing and fewer attacks of asthma.

It is impossible to pinpoint each time exactly what makes one’s asthma worse. But everyone with asthma has a group of known items that will trigger off their asthma symptoms. We share here some common asthmatic triggers, like vigorous exercise, cigarette smoke exposure, emotional stress, heavy air pollution, and viral respiratory infections. 

For instance, some people with asthma are made worse by the pollens of springtime flowering trees and grasses, others might not.

Most of the allergens that cause worsening asthma are airborne and cause trouble when breathed in. Common examples include dust, cat and dog danders, bird feathers, and mold/mildew. These are allergic-type triggers that we are as likely to encounter indoors in our homes as outside in the backyard. 

If you are uncertain about your allergic sensitivities, allergy testing like skin tests or blood tests can assist to identify those things that cause you to make an allergic reaction.

Even some medicines can be asthmatic triggers. All the people with asthma should avoid the group of medicines called beta blockers, used to treat heart disease, high blood pressure, and glaucoma. Aspirin is a trigger for asthma in a small number of adults about 1 in 20 persons with asthma. 

If your asthma is made worse by aspirin, you must also avoid all of the non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs -NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen, that are widely used for pain relief. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is safe for use if you have aspirin sensitivity.

Working environments can also be filled with asthmatic triggers. Some occupations are particularly difficult, including many manufacturing jobs, construction work, and food processing industries. 

Leaving that particular work area is the best option if you are an asthmatic or take proper precautions with asthma action plans and use of a respirator mask is sometimes possible as an alternative.Making it mandatory can live under control.

The better or BEST place to begin to get your asthma under better control is in your home. Take precautionary measures by eliminating or minimizing those triggers in the home that may be making your asthma worse. Practicing and doing will help to keep your asthma allergic children or even you from ever developing asthma.

The above are only a guideline based on statistics of ASTHMA – but it’s still better to consult further your health professionals.