Environmental Asthma Triggers: Avoidance Is Key

asthma triggerAsthma is a disease that literally captures your breath. Asthma attacks are no fun. It is a thought, in the medical world, that asthma is hereditary.

For instance, if your mother or father, or even a long lost relative, had asthma then you may be susceptible to the disease.

It is something that stays in the family. Asthma is not curable, but it will usually go dormant in a child after ten years, and it is manageable.

One thing that can affect asthma is environmental factors. Several things can bring on an asthma attack.

Growing Mold

Mold can start to grow from different situations. May be your home’s basement got flooded, it took you a long time to get the water removed, and now you have mold growing on your wall.

Mold loves to grow in a wet environment. When you start to clean up the mold, you will need to be careful. Scrubbing the mold can release mold spores into the air. These mold spores, inhaled by you, may bring on an asthma attack.

Strong Smells

The aroma of perfume and cologne can smell wonderful. Most people can spray large amounts onto their body, and never have the strong smell affect them, while others are not so lucky. Perfume and cologne can lose its sweet scent if you have asthma.

The strong smells of the two can trigger an asthma attack. With asthma, you may only be able to wear a certain type of perfume or cologne. Other smells that can affect your asthma are the smell of chemicals, such as, room deodorizers, paint, certain soaps, and strong smelling cleaners.

Outdoor Triggers

When spring begins to thaw the earth, the grass turns green, and pollen begins to fall from the flowers and the trees. A tickle forms in your throat, and you may start to cough. Your chest can become tight, and you may begin to wheeze. Pollen is the culprit for this asthma attack.

Secondhand Smoke

Being around someone who is smoking will trigger an asthma attack for you. Inhaling smoke from someone else’s cigarette, or cigar, will give you secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke will irritate your bronchial chords, and make you cough. Make sure you try to stay away from people who smoke, and places where there is smoke, so as not to irritate your asthma.

House Pets

It can be sad when your own pet makes you ill. The family pet can leave hair, saliva, and dead skin everywhere in your home, which will lead to an asthma attack for you.

Some pets will leave their animal dander on floors and furniture, in your home. This too can cause an allergic reaction, which can cause an asthma attack.

These asthma triggers can linger in your home even after your pet is gone. Sometimes allergens do not disappear for months.

You will be able to live a long and happy life, even when you are diagnosed with asthma. Finding out what triggers your asthma, will help you to avoid asthma attacks.

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