Asthma and Allergy “Triggers”
If you have allergies or asthma, you are sensitive to certain triggers. These triggers can set off a reaction in your lungs and other parts of the body. Triggers can be found indoors and outdoors and be simple things like:
- Cold air
- Tobacco and wood smoke
- Perfume, paint, hair spray, or any strong odors or fumes
- Allergens (things that cause allergies) such as dust mites and their droppings, cockroaches, pollen, molds, animal dander – tiny scales or particles from hair, feathers or skin – saliva from pets
- Illness, like colds and influenza
- Fine dust and ultrafine dust from combustion processes (things that cause allergies)
Other things may also trigger your asthma or allergies. It’s important to learn which triggers are a problem for you. Then you can learn to avoid them to keep yourself healthy.
Identifying your triggers isn’t always easy. You can experiment with staying away from one suspected trigger at a time and watch yourself to see if you get better. This may show you if a particular trigger was a problem for you. Your doctor may also suggest keeping an asthma diary or having a skin test for allergies.
You can also invest in a personal and portable air purifier to help with allergens that may be in your work space or at home.