Triggers are things that can cause asthma symptoms, an episode or attack or make asthma worse. People with asthma may have just one trigger, or they may find that several things act as triggers.
Visit www.epa.gov/asthma/asthma-triggers-gain-control to learn more about these common asthma triggers:
- Secondhand (cigarette) Smoke
- Cockroaches and Other Pests
- Pets and Dust
Other common asthma triggers include:
- Outdoor Air Pollution (see www.airnow.gov/)
- Cold viruses (see www.cdc.gov/cleanhandsor, www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm)
- Running, Playing, and Exercise (see www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&sub=17&cont=168 or www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/exerciseinducedasthma.stm)
Be sure to work with your doctor to identify your -- or your child's triggers.
Then take steps to control these triggers.