What are asthma triggers?
Asthma triggers are factors which can initiate or aggravate an asthma attack. The triggers vary from person to person. That means that what triggers an asthma attack in one patient may not necessarily initiate an asthma attack in another patient. Some of the common asthma triggers are:
• Tobacco smoke: It is one of the most common asthma trigger. A person suffering from asthma should avoid smoking at all costs. Moreover, it is always better to avoid second hand smoke too.
• Dust mites: Dust mites are present in almost every home. They may trigger an asthma attack in susceptible persons. So, clean mattresses and pillows in warm water regularly, use covers, and remove all stuffed toys as they are home to dust mites.
• Environmental pollutants like smoke from factories, vehicles, etc. may trigger asthma attack.
• Cockroaches, pets, and molds can act as triggers. In many patients, asthma attack is triggered by physical exercise, allergies, food additives, fragrances, and even gastro esophageal reflux disease.