Asthma Triggers

Asthma triggers are everywhere in our environment: indoors, outdoors and in the very air we breathe. Identifying triggers, however, is not always simple. It usually involves a process of elimination. A good place to start is a consultation with your doctor. Ask for guidance. Your doctor may recommend a skin test for allergies.

A vast range of triggers can set off symptoms of asthma. Chief culprits include dust mites, air conditioning (which cycles offending substances into the air we breathe) and cat dander. Individual asthmatics, however, tend to have their own “red-alert” triggers.

Common Allergic Asthma Triggers

The following is a partial list of common asthma triggers:

  • alcohol
  • air conditioning
  • animal saliva and urine
  • atmospheric ozone
  • betel-nuts
  • bird, dog and cat dander
  • chemicals (e.g., hexachlorophene, formalin, ethylene diamine)
  • cockroaches
  • cold air
  • colds and upper respiratory tract infections
  • drugs (especially aspirin, cimetidine, antibiotics, beta blockers)
  • dust mites