Five Surprising Asthma Triggers
While most people are aware of asthma, few are aware of the most common asthma triggers. A trigger is either food or an environmental condition that can cause an acute asthma attack. By avoiding exposure to these provocations, the asthmatic can greatly reduce the potential for a reaction. Five surprising Asthma triggers are us follows.
People living with Asthma have hyper-responsive airways. When their airways are irritated, the response is usually a struggle for breath. Unfortunately, dust can easily irritate the airways of an asthmatic. It’s unfortunate because the world we live in is full of dust, and it’s no easy task to avoid the stuff. It requires regular dusting with a damp cloth and using a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t stir up the dust from the carpet, making the situation worse.
These are tiny insects that live on sloughed off skin cells. You’ve probably seen a picture of one taken under a microscope. They look like prehistoric creatures, though they’re so small, you can’t see them with the naked eye. They breed and grow on soft surfaces such as pillows, mattresses, carpets, and draperies. It’s not the dust mites themselves that trigger asthma attacks; it’s the material they excrete.
Probably the best-known asthma irritant is pollen. It’s the dreaded hay fever season. Although the season runs from August to November, pollen levels are usually at their worst in mid-September. You’ll find pollen counts to be highest between 5 – 10 AM, on dry, hot, windy days. Most local newscasts and newspapers report the daily air quality rating. If pollen is a problem, check the daily air quality and avoid going outside when it’s unhealthy.
You might be aware that your pet’s dead skin flakes can trigger an asthma attack, but did you know that your pet’s urine, feces, saliva, and hair are also triggers? And it’s not just a cat or a dog. It can be a bird, a hamster, a gerbil, a mouse, and more. Unfortunately, the most effective method to control animal allergens is to keep your home pet free. If you can’t part with your pet, at least keep it out of the family sleeping areas.
Mold can be found almost anywhere. It’s a microscopic fungus that survives on plant and animal matter. It grows on just about any surface (wood, paper, carpet, foods, etc.) where there’s moisture. To reproduce, mold produces tiny spores. It’s these spores in the air that can trigger an asthma episode. While you can’t eliminate all indoor molds, you can control them by controlling the moisture level in your home. For instance, you’ll want to repair any leaky plumbing you may have. Use exhaust fans when showering. And maintain a low indoor humidity.
There are others, but these are the most common asthma triggers. As with any medical condition, always consult with your doctor for the best approach to dealing with your condition