Learn how to avoid these common culprits.
By Diana Kelly Levey
If you’re one of the 26 million Americans with asthma, the spring season might have you bracing yourself as you prepare for potential asthma attacks. Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lung airways that causes chest tightness, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. Asthma conditions can be worsened by extremely dry, wet, or windy weather conditions. In order to decrease your asthma attacks and doctor’s visits, it’s important to know which factors may cause a wheezing episode. Here are 10 common asthma triggers to avoid.
Cockroaches and their droppings (cockroach allergens) can trigger an asthma attack. Even if you don’t see the cockroaches, they might be hiding and leaving their droppings behind. Use roach traps and seal cracks around your home to prevent infestations. Take trash out frequently, clean up crumbs from the counters and floors and avoid leaving food out if you think cockroaches might be the culprit worsening your asthma symptoms.