When you have asthma, certain things can make your symptoms worse. These are called triggers. Learn what triggers an asthma attack for you, and avoid the triggers when you can. Common triggers include colds, smoke, air pollution, dust, pollen, pets, stress, and cold air.
Triggers can make it harder for your lungs to work as they should. They can lead to sudden breathing problems and other symptoms. When you are around a trigger, an asthma attack is more likely. If your symptoms are severe, you may need emergency treatment or have to go to the hospital for treatment.
The first thing is to know your triggers.
When you are having symptoms, note the things around you that might be causing them. Then look for patterns that may be triggering your symptoms. Record your triggers on a piece of paper or in an asthma diary. When you have your list of possible triggers, work with your doctor to find ways to avoid them.
Avoid colds and flu. Get a pneumococcal vaccine shot. If you have had one before, ask your doctor whether you need a second dose. Get a flu vaccine every year, as soon as it's available. If you must be around people with colds or the flu, wash your hands often.
Here are some ways to avoid a few common triggers.
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Mary F. McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
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