Asthma attacks often happen out of nowhere. A wide range of triggers may cause attacks. It’s important to be able to recognize potential hazards so that one can avoid them. Below is a list of some potential asthma triggers.

Allergies: Allergic reactions can trigger an asthma attack. People with severe asthma could be suffering from allergies, too. A trip to an allergist can answer that question for certain. Common allergens include pollen, grasses, mold, and dust mites.

Stress and Anxiety: These negative emotions can increase asthma symptoms. Getting help for these issues is the best way to deal with them.

Smoke: Smoke of any kind can be a potential hazard. This includes 1st hand cigarette smoke, 2nd hand smoke, or even just wood smoke.

Certain Medications: Some medications can trigger asthma. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, for example, fall under this category. Certain blood pressure medications can be triggers as well. If you are concerned about potential asthma-related side effects of medication, talk to your doctor.

Knowing potential triggers can help one avoid them, and that can help stave off asthma attacks. If you are having severe asthma that seems uncontrollable, talk with your doctor. He or she can go through a thorough list of potential triggers to see if any of them are at play in your life.

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