9 Common Factors that Trigger Asthma Attacks

 

Girl (7-9) using inhaler, outdoors

 

The exact causes of asthma are still unknown, but the condition can be managed to prevent asthma attacks and live a healthy life.

Asthma is a prevalent condition in the US. Around 11.7% African American women and 7.6% of adult Hispanic women experience asthma attacks. However, due to the lack of awareness, they find it difficult to manage the condition and often end up with serious complications. It’s important to raise awareness so that patients can avoid situations that may trigger asthma attacks.

Let’s take a look at the most common asthma triggers:

1. Dust

Exposure to dust mites significantly increases the risk of an asthma attack. They usually take shelter in your mattress. So, use a mattress cover and a pillowcase cover to prevent asthma attacks. Also, get rid of stuffed animals and wash your bedding weekly for your safety.

2. Mold

Mold growth is the worst nightmare for an asthma patient, since it can trigger severe attacks. Eliminate mold from your home and monitor humidity to prevent its growth down the line. You can use a hydrometer to keep an eye on the humidity level.

3. Smoke

Smoke contains various harmful gases that can trigger asthma attacks. Refrain from burning wood in your home. Not only does it affect the indoor air quality but also triggers asthma attacks. If the smoke is due to a wildfire, make sure you wear an allergy mask to prevent asthma attacks.

4. Stress

Emotional anxiety and stress lead to hyperventilation that triggers asthma attacks. A healthy diet, proper rest, and an exercise routine keep you fit and help you manage asthma.

5. Tobacco Smoke

Smoking isn’t good for your health. But even if you don’t smoke, secondhand smoke may trigger an asthma attack. If someone smokes near you, the smoke may lead to a severe asthma attack. It’s best to wear an allergy mask with you when going outdoors to stay safe from tobacco smoke.

6. Pets

Your furry friends can be the reason why you often experience asthma attacks. It’s in your best interest to find a new home for your pet, or else your health may worsen.

7. Medications

Certain medications may trigger an asthma attack. Before taking beta-blockers (for hypertension) and ibuprofen (pain killers) make sure you consult your doctor to find out whether it’s safe for you to consume them.

8. Weather Changes

During cold and dry weather, the symptoms of asthma intensify. As weather changes, you may experience asthma attacks more often. So, make sure you wear warm clothes to stay healthy. You can also use a heating system to stay warm and reduce the risk of severe attacks.

9. Air Pollution

Outdoor air pollution also triggers asthma attacks. You can check air quality forecasts to plan your activities for when the pollution will be low. For safety precautions, keep an omalizumab injection with you so as to control an asthma attack.

Visit an allergist if you have asthma. They will suggest ways how you can prevent an asthma attack in the first place and also prescribe medications to control it.

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