Asthma Triggers

When managing asthma, it’s important for you to know and avoid the triggers that can cause your symptoms to come back.

Common triggers include the following:
 

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ALLERGENS

  • Dust mites
  • Animal dander and saliva
  • Mold
  • Trees, grass, weeds, and pollen

CERTAIN MEDICAL
CONDITIONS

  • Respiratory infections (colds, flu, or sinus infections)
  • Acid reflux disease

IRRITANTS

  • Cigarette smoke (including exposure to secondhand smoke)
  • Air pollution
  • Chemicals at home and in the workplace
  • Strong odors from perfumes, deodorants, cleaning products, hairspray, etc.

SULFITES IN FOOD AND
DRINKS

Not sure if your food or drink contains sulfites?

Look for the following on food labels:

  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Potassium bisulfite
  • Potassium metabisulfite
  • Sodium bisulfite
  • Sodium metabisulfite
  • Sodium sulfite

CERTAIN MEDICINES

  • Aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Certain beta-blockers

PHYSICAL
ACTIVITY/OTHER

  • Intense exercise
  • Feeling anxious
  • Sudden or extreme temperature changes (hot and cold)

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