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Do You Know What Makes Your Asthma Worse?

An asthma trigger is anything that makes your asthma worse. When you encoun­ter one of your triggers, it can cause a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms, which is often called an asthma attack, episode, or flare-up. Here’s a breakdown of the most com­mon asthma triggers, along with some tips for reducing your exposure to them.

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Exercise-Induced Asthma Can Leave You Breathless

Many people confuse being out of shape with having exercise-induced asthma. Because the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma are similar to poor fitness (shortness of breath and a tight feeling in the chest), it can be difficult to tell the difference between them. The symptoms of exercise-induced asthma may deter people from exercise. However, exercise-induced asthma can be controlled, and you can stay active.

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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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When Your Job Causes Asthma

Occupational asthma is caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust, or other potentially harmful substances while “on the job.” Often, your symptoms are worse during the days or nights you work, improve when you have time off, and start again when you go back to work.

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