Asthma Attack Triggers
What are the triggers that can cause an asthma attack?
According to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and other organizations, triggers for asthma include:
Respiratory infections and sinusitis:
Infections can cause irritation of the airways, nose, throat, lungs, and sinuses, and can worsen asthma.
Sensitivity to medications
Medications, such as aspirin and sulfites, may trigger asthmatic attacks as a result of sensitivities or allergies to them. These medications often include:
Before giving your child any medication, including over-the-counter medications, talk with your child's doctor.
Strenuous physical exercise can trigger an asthma attack, often because of the inhaled cool and dry air. Long-term strenuous activities, such as long-distance running, are more likely to induce asthma.
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
GERD, a condition characterized by persistent reflux of stomach acids, is common in individuals with asthma. Symptoms may include heartburn, belching, or spitting up in infants.
Tobacco smoke, whether directly or passively inhaled, has been shown to worsen asthma.
Wood smoke from wood-burning heating stoves and fireplaces can release irritating chemicals, such as sulfur dioxide.
Emotional anxiety and nervous stress
Reactions from stress and anxiety can increase either asthma symptoms or bring on an attack.