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7 Common Things That Trigger Asthma

By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

There are many reasons why your asthma may be triggered. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the top 7 reasons why an asthma attack may occur and ways to prevent them:

1) Tobacco Smoke

“Secondhand smoke” is created when a smoker produces fumes from his or her cigarette or cigar and it is breathed in by another person. If you have asthma, no one should smoke near you, in your home, or other places where you spend much of your time.

2) Dust Mites

Dust mites are everywhere in almost every home and these tiny bugs can cause asthma attacks. To prevent them, use mattress covers and pillowcases to install a barrier between the dust mites and yourself. In addition, avoid using down-filled pillows, quilts, and comforters. Remove any stuffed animals or clutter from your room. Finally, remember to wash your bedding on the hottest water temperatures.

3) Outdoor Air Pollution

Air pollution comes from cars, trucks, factories, and other sources. In order to avoid an asthma attack, watch the air quality forecasts and try to plan any outdoor activities when air pollution is lowest.

4) Cockroach Allergen

Cockroaches and their droppings can trigger an asthma attack. Cockroaches are found where crumbs of food are located. To avoid cockroaches, remove any food and water sources that may attract them.

5) Pets

Pets with fur can cause asthma attacks as well. If you can’t find a new home for the animal or do not want to, keep the furry animal out of the asthmatic person’s bedroom. Vacuum often and bathe your pet at least once a week. The person with asthma is not allergic to the animal’s fur, so trimming the fur will not necessarily help. If you have a hard surface, such as wood or tile, damp mop the floors at least once a week.

6) Mold

Mold also causes asthma attacks by breathing it in. To keep mold out of your home, fix any water leaks that you may have to prevent mold from growing in walls and beneath floors. Humidity can also make mold grow. Keep humidity no higher than 50% in your home by using air conditioning or a dehumidifier. A tool called a hygrometer will measure the humidity levels. Check it throughout the day to insure that humidity levels are low.

7) Smoke from Burning Wood/Grass

Burning wood and other plants release smoke with harmful gases. Avoid burning wood in your home. If there is a wildfire nearby, keep track of the air pollution levels and plan activities when air pollution is low.

Topics and Subtopics: Asthma

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