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Common Asthma Triggers to Avoid

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May 10, 2019 | Categories:

If you’re one of the 26 million Americans with asthma, the spring season might have you bracing yourself as you prepare for potential asthma attacks. Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lung airways that causes chest tightness, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. Asthma conditions can be worsened by extremely dry, wet, or windy weather conditions. In order to decrease your asthma attacks and doctor’s visits, it’s important to know which factors may cause a wheezing episode. Here are 10 common asthma triggers to avoid.

These Asthma Triggers Could Exacerbate Symptoms

Tobacco Smoke

When you were diagnosed with asthma, your doctor probably told you that tobacco smoke is horrible for people with asthma. If you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit. If you live with a smoker or are regularly in the presence of smokers, know that secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack. Let people know that you have asthma and they can’t smoke near you, including at your house and in your car. Here’s how to use mindfulness to stop bad habits.

Chemicals in Your Environment

Some asthma sufferers find that their symptoms worsen in the workplace. You may be experiencing occupational asthma if your symptoms worsen when you’re at work and improve when you’re at home. Irritants could include latex gloves, medications you might work with, cleaning products, and chemicals in the air, according to the American Academy of Allergy & Immunology. If you work at a job that uses chemicals or there might be construction and renovations underway that exacerbate symptoms, talk to your doctor and your manager about how to reduce your exposure. Learn about the test that might keep asthmatics out of the hospital.

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