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Asthma Triggers

 

Asthma triggers are things that can cause an asthma flare-up. They include the things listed in the table below.  

Allergens

  • Pollen (trees, grasses, and weeds)

  • Mold

  • Dust and dust mites

  • Cockroach droppings

  • Mice and other pests

Respiratory infections

  • Viral infections including the common cold

  • The flu

  • Sore throat

  • Sinus infection

Irritants

  • Strong odors and sprays such as perfumes, household cleaners, paints, and varnishes

  • Chemicals such as coal, chalk dust, or talcum powder

  • Air pollutants such as ozone and chemicals in the air

  • Weather conditions including cold or wind, or hot, humid weather

  • Chemical exposure on the job such as dust, gases, or fumes

Sensitivity to medicines

  • Aspirin

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen

  • Sulfites used as preservatives in foods and drinks

Exercise

  • Strenuous physical exercise 

  • Long-term activities such as long-distance running

Other conditions

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)

  • Overweight

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Smoke

  • Tobacco smoke, both inhaled and secondhand

  • Smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces

Emotions

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Depression

Online Medical Reviewer: Alan J Blaivas DO
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer: Paula Goode RN BSN MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 8/1/2018
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