Common Asthma Triggers and Conditions Influencing Asthma

Allergen Allergies

Asthma triggers and possible causes include:

  • Pollen, dust, smoke, and other allergens
  • Strenuous exercise or any other physical activity.
  • Smoke from burning wood or tobacco
  • Viral infections, cold, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia
  • Strong odors, perfumes, deodorants, cleaning sprays, and chemical fumes
  • If you are suffering from sinusitis, hay fever
  • Laughing or crying loudly causing strain
  • Sudden changes in weather, especially cold air, moisture and rain
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Food preservatives containing sulfur, such as those used in canned foods, dried fruit, beer, and wine.
Asthma is a incurable disease(at least for the time being – but research are ongoing), but can be prevented by controlling triggers. Aware of alertness on the part  patient can lower his or her chances of having an asthma attack.

To prevent asthma symptoms:

  • Learn about your type of asthma and how to control it – especially what triggers it. Avoid them.
  • Use medicines as directed by the doctor to prevent or control attacks.
  • Avoid all foods/things that make your asthma worse.
  • Get regular checkups from your doctor.
It is difficult to conclude as to what influences asthma. We can generally say that the following conditions make asthma symptoms worse –

  • At all ages, asthma is greatly influenced by health-related behavior. For example, smoking can trigger and complicate asthma, and also increases the risk that a person will have co-morbid conditions.
  • Exercise- This may be caused when one is exercising and breathing air that is cooler and drier than the air in the lungs
  • Vaccination against influenza, pneumococcal infection or hyposensitization is another influencing factor of asthma.
  • Weather -Certain types of weather cause problems in certain people with asthma
  • Hormonal changes- Some women have increased symptoms of asthma at a particular time during their menstrual cycle, such as pre-menstruation, or during pregnancy
  • Gastroesophageal reflux-Symptoms of heartburn and breathing difficulty at night indicate gastroesophageal reflux
  • Diet – Asthma symptoms can be reduced by cutting out on damp-forming foods especially dairy products which create a lot of mucus.
  • Emotions and stress-Emotions do not cause asthma, but can make asthma worse.
  • Posture – Asthma is sometimes caused or worsened by poor posture, especially during childhood. Children can be stooping over books or watching television for long periods. In such situations they may not breathe properly because they are putting undue pressure on their chests
  • Pollutants- in the air aggravate an asthma attack. Household paints, smoke, dust and other products which contain strong chemicals can give off noxious fumes which can trigger attacks
  • Allergens -Common allergens include animal dander, saliva and urine from feathered or furry animals, dust mites, fungi, pollen.
  • Hereditary- Genes are a causative agent of asthma.
  • Strong odors and sprays- try to stay away from strong odors and sprays such as perfumes, talcum powder, paints, kerosene, hair spray.
  • Too much of salt intake