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What are common triggers for asthma?

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Common triggers for asthma include:

  • Infections such as sinusitis, colds, and flu
  • Allergens such as pollens, mold spores, pet dander, and dust mites
  • Irritants such as strong odors from perfumes or cleaning solutions, and air pollution
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Exercise (known as exercise-induced asthma)
  • Weather; changes in temperature and/or humidity, cold air
  • Strong emotions such as anxiety, laughter or crying, stress
  • Medications, such as aspirin-sensitive asthma

From: Guide to Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Lung Association: "Asthma."  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma Overview." 

Centers for Disease Control.  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  Rose, B.D. (ed). Wellesley, Mass., 2005.

Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,UpToDate,

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:  American Lung Association: "Asthma."  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma Overview." 

Centers for Disease Control.  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  Rose, B.D. (ed). Wellesley, Mass., 2005.

Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,UpToDate,

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 22, 2019

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