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What Triggers an Asthma Attack?


Asthma attacks can be triggered by many causes. In this post, we are looking  for triggers of asthma attacks and how to avoid them for our health.

Tobacco smoke

Smoke including secondhand smoke is unhealthy for everyone and particularly dangerous for asthma patients. If you are a smoker, quit smoking immediately to save your life. Also avoid being around people when they are smoking or even in places where they smoke frequently like in homes or cars even if they smoke in your absence.

In addition, even though smoke from wood or grass may seem natural, it still contains harmful gases and particles.

Particles on the Air From Burnt Wood in Your Home Or Elsewhere

Avoid burning wood as well as being in areas where wildfires occur. Monitor air quality forecasts in order to stay inside when wildfires are at their worst to avoid particles.

Outdoor air pollution

As an asthma patient, also avoid emissions from factories, buses, cars, lawn mowers, generators, leaf blowers, and snow blowers. They are all sources of asthma attack triggers. Endeavor to avoid exposure to all these sources at all costs. Always check pollution-related air quality measurements in your area, for example, ozone and small particles, and to stay inside when they’re elevated.

Certain foods and food additives

While nearly any food can lead to an allergic reaction, a few additives (such as sulfites and other preservatives) are commonly believed to trigger negative reactions in some people.

Respiratory infections

They include influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), sinus infections and the common cold.


Weather conditions as dry wind, cold air, change in temperature, thunderstorms or sudden weather changes can sometimes bring on an asthma episode.

Certain medications

Common medicines that trigger asthma include aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), for example, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).

Below are some common allergens which cause allergic asthma:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Cockroach
  • Molds
  • Rodents
  • Pet dander

How is Asthma Treated?


Asthma has no cure. However, you can help yourself control it and avoid attacks:

  • Make sure you take your medicine following your doctor’s instructions
  • Avoid everything that can trigger an attack.


Note that people with asthma don’t take the same medicine. Some take a breath in medicines while others take pills. Asthma has two kinds of medicines, namely:

  • Quick-relief medicines: They help to control symptoms of any asthma attack.
  • Long-term control medicines: They help you to have fewer and milder attacks. However, they don’t help you during an asthma attack.


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