Identifying Allergic Asthma Triggers

Identifying Allergic Asthma TriggersIdentifying Allergic Asthma Triggers

Allergic Asthma is one of the worst types of asthma. This is due to the fact that allergens that you come in contact with can actually trigger an attack. This would mean that you would have to be extra careful when it comes to the various asthma triggers.

According to AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America), allergic (extrinsic) asthma is characterized by symptoms that are triggered by an allergic reaction. Allergic asthma is airway obstruction and inflammation that is partially reversible with medication. Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, affecting over 50% of the 20 million asthma sufferers. Over 2.5 million children under age 18 suffer from allergic asthma. Many of the symptoms of allergic and non-allergic asthma are the same (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or rapid breathing, and chest tightness). However, allergic asthma is triggered by inhaled allergens such as dust mite allergen, pet dander, pollen, mold, etc. resulting in asthma symptoms.

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Now the important thing that you should do is to identify the different asthma triggers that brings you an asthma attack. According to Better Health, asthma is often initially recognized by people when symptoms get worse in response to particular allergens or other triggers. It is very common for people with asthma to have different triggers to the next person.

Managing your asthma includes identifying which triggers make your symptoms worse and avoiding and minimizing exposure to these triggers as best as practically possible. It is handy to keep a diary of the times and situations when your asthma is worse to help identify triggers.

There are two types of triggers: allergic (allergens) and non-allergic.

Allergens are any substance that can bring on an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless to other people. If you are allergic to something, then eating it, inhaling it or touching it can bring on an allergic reaction and asthma symptoms.

Many allergens are carried in dust. Minute particles of dust float around in the air you breathe. Depending on the environment you are in (such as city or country, home or work) and the time of year (such as spring), these dust particles can contain allergens such as:

  • house dust mite droppings
  • insect debris
  • pollens
  • animal skin, scales, fur particles (dander)
  • food dust
  • moulds

It’s not just allergens that can trigger asthma symptoms. Other common triggers include:

  • respiratory viruses (common cold)
  • some medications
  • cigarette smoke
  • perfumes
  • chemicals
  • cold, dry air
  • exercise and physical activity
  • wood fire smoke
  • paint
  • gases

One of the most common triggers for asthma attacks is exercise and physical activity. This is definitely one trigger not to avoid, as exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Source: Better Health

The two sets of allergic asthma triggers mentioned above are commonly found at home, right? So it’s now up to you to minimize these triggers. That way, you would be able to prevent those attacks and live a better asthma-free life.


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