10 Common Asthma Triggers to Avoid

Learn how to avoid these common culprits.

10 Common Asthma Triggers to Avoid

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.


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Infections

If you were a victim of this year’s horrific flu season, that infection probably did a number on your body but may have triggered asthma attacks as well. Infections linked to the flu, the common cold, respiratory illnesses, and even sinus infections can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Call your doctor immediately when you feel like you’re coming down with an illness to get an expert take on the severity of your health situation.

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