If you or a loved one suffer from allergic asthma, it’s important to know what triggers these attacks. Every person has different allergic triggers, but the following are a few common asthma triggers to be aware of, just in case.
Pollen is probably one of the most common allergic triggers. It all depends on where you live and the time of the year as well. For example, pollen from trees tends to be a problem in the spring, while grass is a problem in the summer. Also, climate changes can mean that pollen seasons can last longer than they used to.
A lot of household products give off scents that can trigger an asthma attack. These products include cleaning agents with chlorine, scented candles, incense, hairspray, air fresheners, deodorants and perfumes, paint, and pesticides. It’s always best to look for fragrance-free personal care products.
Dust mites are one of the most common triggers of allergic asthma. They live in bedsheets, mattresses, pillows, blankets, stuffed toys, carpets, and curtains. They survive on the dead skin flakes that all humans shed naturally, so there’s not much you can do about shedding dead skin. What you can do, is make sure to wash all your bed sheets and pillows at least once a week in hot water, and then put them in a hot dryer.
These are one of the nastiest pests to have. They eat and drink the same things we do. They look for water and any leftovers. Cockroach droppings can trigger asthma attacks. To avoid this pest, keep food stored in the fridge or in an airtight container, wash dishes right after you use them, and sweep up any crumbs.
Mold can be found both outdoors and indoors. Outside, it’s seen in soil and plant debris, which doesn’t really pose a health problem. But inside, mold can be a hazard, it can be found in damp places such as the basement, the kitchen sink, and anywhere you have leaks or standing water. It’s best to clean up any visible mold, use exhaust fans when you’re in the shower, and run a dehumidifier or air conditioner. Keeping your house dry will also reduce the chances of roaches and mites surviving.