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Asthma Triggers Articles


Get Ready for Indoor Winter Living with Asthma

Triggers are a part of everyday life. Asthma attacks can be triggered by things like mold growing in your bathroom or tiny dust mites that live in blankets, pillows, or your child’s stuffed animals. Here’s a breakdown of common asthma triggers and what you can do to get rid of them.

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Managing Asthma during Pregnancy

Most women with asthma do very well during pregnancy. There is good evidence that having asthma does not increase your chances of having a baby with birth defects or of having multiple births. Furthermore, studies show that asthma can be controlled with medication dur­ing pregnancy with little or no risk to you or your baby. Together, you and your doctor will determine the best ways to safely manage your asthma, including weighing the benefits of all medication you take versus the risks of those medications to both you and your unborn baby.

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How Harmful Is the Air You Breathe?

Clean air is an important health concern for all of us. But when you have asthma, air quality indoors and out can make all the differ­ence in the world. Car exhaust, smoke, road dust, and factory emissions can make outdoor air dangerous, while tobacco smoke, dust mites, molds, cock­roaches, pet dander, and household chemicals are just a few of the indoor hazards. Unhealthy air can create a dif­ficult barrier to asthma management.

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’Tis the Season for Sneezing and Wheezing

All during the year, the possi­bility exists for people with respiratory problems to have allergy and asthma attacks. During the holiday season, however, more hidden dangers to health exist. Here are some tips for everyone – especially those who have asthma, allergies, or other respira­tory diseases – to stay healthy during the holiday season.

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What’s Causing Your Asthma?

by Stephen Apaliski, MD

While allergic asthma trig­gers only cause problems for people who are allergic to them, non-allergic triggers can be called equal opportunity offenders. What do I mean by this? When you are allergic, it is like having the key that turns the switch that starts the engine of asthmatic in­flammation. No key (no allergy), no inflammation. With non-allergic triggers (espe­cially the irritants listed below), no key is necessary. The irritant itself pushes a start button that turns the engine on directly. In short, if you have asthma, any of the triggers listed here can harm or affect you. You need not be allergic.

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Putting Your Finger on the Asthma Trigger

If you have asthma, you can minimize your symptoms and improve your quality of life by avoiding your asthma triggers and working with your doctor to develop a treatment plan.

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Staying Active with Asthma

Staying active and exercising has many benefits to your overall health and well-being, but if you have asthma, you may feel the need to limit your activity to avoid symptoms. Understanding your symptoms and how to manage them is the first step to creat­ing an asthma management plan to keep you in the game.

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5 Surprising Summer Allergy & Asthma Triggers

Summer means barbeques, festi­vals, and other outdoor activities, and if you experience allergic reactions to grass pollens, you might be running for cover. However, seasonal allergies can also affect those without pollen sensitivities due to unexpected summer staples, such as certain fruits and vegetables, campfires, and changes in the weather.

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