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What are asthma triggers?

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The airways of people who have asthma are always inflamed and very sensitive, and they easily react to things called "triggers." Coming into contact with a trigger is what causes the symptoms of asthma. An asthma attack can begin immediately after exposure to a trigger or several days or even weeks later.

There are many triggers, and how someone will react to them is different for each person and can vary from time to time. Recognizing and avoiding your specific triggers, when possible, is an important way to control asthma.

SOURCES:  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Causes of Asthma."  American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Causes of Asthma."  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  .



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SOURCES:  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Causes of Asthma."  American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Causes of Asthma."  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  .



Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,UpToDate

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on October 02, 2018

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