Surprising Asthma Triggers You Need to Know About
Asthma, a condition where the lung airways become inflamed and cause wheezing, shortness of breath and a tight chest, impacts more than 25 million people in the United States. And according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, almost a third of those sufferers are children.
While asthmatics can experience long periods without symptoms, they can have an asthma attack due to their lungs being exposed to certain triggers. These triggers can vary from person-to-person, so it’s important to recognize what affects you or your child. There are some very common triggers like smoke (first and secondhand), dust mites, pets, pollution, cockroaches, obesity and mold, but there are also a few surprising triggers as well. These include:
Car emissions – It’s recommended that those who suffer from asthma avoid living near or exercising along busy roads or highways.
Mice – These little guys can carry a big punch when it comes to asthma. To be on the safe side, set up traps. And if you do suspect a mice problem, wash kitchen utensils before use.
Ladybugs – Be sure to clean out your windowsills and remove dead ladybugs from your home. Their decomposing bodies turns to dust, which can really kick asthma in to gear.
Colds and the flu – Rhinovirus, which is the main cause of a cold, is also a huge trigger for asthma attacks. Coming down with the flu can be just as bad. By getting the flu shot and washing your hands, you can lessen your chance of encountering such triggers. Here are a few more tips to help avoid or lessen the severity of colds and the flu.
Fragrances – Strong smells, like perfumes or certain flowers, can also affect asthma. Avoid scented flowers like lilies and skip the morning spray of perfume.
Hyperventilation – When emotions peak, they can lead to shortness of breath or hyperventilation, which can transition to an asthma attack. If your emotions are getting the best of you, try to calm down by taking a few deep breaths.
When it comes to preventing asthma attacks in general, it’s important to live a clean life. Be religious about vacuuming and dusting, purchase allergen-proofed covers for pillows and mattresses and wash your sheets and towels weekly.
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