Common asthma triggers that even non-asthmatic people need to be aware of

First of all, if one is not asthmatic, why does one need to know the triggers of asthma? And the answer is simple: To know how to behave around those suffering with it, and to be prepared just in case you need to help someone under attack.

Asthmatic child

There's no cure for asthma. But the condition can be managed and treated to avoid severe asthma attacks that can be fatal. For those suffering from asthma, it is important to be aware of the things that can trigger an attack. Asthma triggers can be different for everyone, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency has issued an advisory listing the common triggers and how to avoid asthma triggers. If you have asthma, try to avoid these common triggers:

Pollen, air pollution, bad weather (like thunderstorms or high humidity) can trigger asthma in some people. Plan your outdoor activities when the pollution level is expected to be low.

These include dust mites, mold and humidity, pets, cockroaches, mice and rats, smoke, sprays and disinfectants.

Flu, colds, sinus infections, allergies, and even acid reflux can trigger an asthma attack.

Strong emotions like stress and anxiety can make you breathe faster, leading to hyperventilation, which, in turn, can trigger an asthma attack.

If you have asthma, a void smoking and don’t allow people to smoke near you. Physical exercise, certain medications, some foods and fragrances can also cause asthma attack in some patients.

If you have never been diagnosed with asthma for some reason but you react to some of these triggers, you may need to see a doctor for advise.

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