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Your Asthma Trigger Checklist

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 17:13

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Triggers are things that can make asthma worse in susceptible people by irritating inflamed airways. Here is a list of common triggers:

Allergies

Yes

No

Pollens (trees, grasses, ragweed)

   

Molds

   

Animals and animal products (dander, wool, feathers, down pillows)

   

Insect parts and dust mites

   

Note: Dust is a problem only if it has an allergen content to which the person is allergic. Sources of dust in the home include:

Cloth upholstery, carpets, draperies

   

Brooms and dusters

   

Dirty air filters on furnaces

   

Leaky vacuum cleaners

   

Respiratory Infections

Common cold virus

   

Flu virus

   

Sinusitis

   

Irritants

Household vapors and sprays:

Vapors (Cleaning solvents, paint, paint thinner, shellac, varnish)

   

Aerosol sprays (Furniture polish, oven cleaners, starch, room deodorizers)

   

Personal products (Spray deodorant, hair spray, perfumes, colognes)

   

Industrial dusts, vapors, and fumes:

Wood products (western red cedar)

   

Flour, cereals, grains, cotton

   

Metals (Platinum, chromium)

   

Mold (Hay)

   

Air Pollution

Air pollution and traffic jams

   

Parking garages

   

Smoke-filled rooms

   

Wood fires, barbecues

   

Exercise

Medication may have to be used before exercise

   

Wheezing sometimes begins during exercise as airways dry out

   

Exercise indoors on the coldest days

   

Nighttime

Increase in airway inflammation

   

Stomach acid and heartburn

   

Postnasal drainage leading to coughing

   

Weather

Seasonal changes (May trigger allergies due to pollen and mold spores)

   

Humidity, wind, dryness

   

Cold air may induce asthma in some people

   

Weather fronts, especially in the fall

   

Emotions

Airway narrowing caused by laughing, crying, or yelling

   

Fear, frustration, and anger

   

Hormonal Changes

Symptoms caused by changes in hormonal balance during menstrual cycle or pregnancy

   

Health Problems

Infections and allergies

   

Sinusitis

   

Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

   

 

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