Identify your asthma triggers

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 06, 2015

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  • Many factors can trigger asthma attack.
  • Allergic reactions can trigger asthma attack.
  • Development of cold can trigger asthma attack.
  • Avoiding triggers is the best way to cope.

Asthma is a breathing disorder which occurs as a result of inflammation in lungs. There are many factors which initiate an attack of asthma. These factors are called asthma triggers.

If a person is suffering from asthma, he should know about the reasons that can trigger an asthma attack. It occurs when these triggers cause inflammation in the bronchial areas resulting in irritation. By identifying your asthma triggers, you can control your asthma fairly well.

Asthma triggers


People being allergic to something are very prone to develop asthma. The immune system of such people develops automatic immune responses when they come in contact with the allergens. Due to this they may develop skin rashes, skin redness, sneezing, watery eyes and even breathing difficulty. These allergens sometimes trigger an asthma attack. Dust, bugs, cold, pollen, some food items such as eggs, cheese, vegetables and even cosmetics can trigger allergies and asthma.

Sometimes a mild allergic reaction can lead to severe form of asthma attack called the anaphylactic attack. Generally smoke, dust, perfumes and chemicals are the agents which cause nasal irritation, resulting in sneezing and eventually to an asthma attack. These substances cause inflammation of the nasal passage, the bronchial tubes and the lungs. These substances don’t trigger any immune response, but cause swelling and bronchial dilation, thereby developing an anaphylactic shock.

Cold and flu

A person having asthma is very sensitive to cold whichalso causes narrowing of the air passages. So, if a person having asthma develops cold, it acts as a stimulant to initiate an asthma attack. So a person having asthma should protect him/her from cold.

Asthma triggers

Coping with asthma

The best way to cope with asthma is to avoid the triggers for asthma attack. After you have an asthma attack or if you have any allergy,try to find out the causes responsible for them. By identifying the causes one can protect himself from developing an asthma attack. It is always advisable to avoid the asthma triggers rather than treating an asthma attack. Sometimes asthma attack can prove fatal as well.  By identifying the triggers you can lower the frequency of asthma occurrence and also minimize the severity of asthma attack.

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