Thinking about asthma triggers

Examples of asthma triggers

Asthma triggers are things that cause swelling and inflammation in your airways, causing your asthma to worsen. Knowing which triggers are unique to you is important so that you can avoid them and reduce their impact.

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Animals with fur
  • Stuffy room
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Dust mite
  • Roaches or rodents
  • Cleaning/washing products
  • Child care products
  •  Fragrances
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair care & personal hygiene products
  • Weather changes
  • Foods
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Animal dander and saliva
  • Food Allergies
  • Exercise
  • Stress/anxiety


Tasks, activities & events potentially causing asthma symptoms

  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming
  • Cleaning products
  • Laundering clothing
  • Exercise
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Child care activities: using baby powder, exposure to chlorine at indoor pools
  • Family activities: picnics, travel/vacations
  • Professional activities: meetings, travels
  • Social activities: parties
  • Community activities: church
  • Medical visits
  • Changes in weather
  • Allergy symptoms

Medical conditions

Certain health conditions or medicines can trigger an asthma attack.

  • Respiratory infections
  • Sinus drainage or infection
  • Heartburn
  • Medicines such as beta blockers, aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and ace inhibitors

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