Community Pediatric Asthma Service

Asthma Triggers

Some things irritate your lungs and make your asthma worse--these are called your asthma triggers.  Some triggers may be in your life each day.  When you spend a lot of time near your triggers, it is more difficult to keep your asthma controlled and to feel better.

There are two main types of triggers for asthma;

  • those that cause swelling (inflammation)
  • those that cause tightening (constriction).

Less often people have other triggers (shown as OTHERS on the diagram). This is why it is important that each person with asthma learn to recognize their own individual triggers.


Common Triggers

There are some common triggers that make asthma worse for many people.  All your triggers may not be on this list.  It's important to know your own triggers so that you can limit contact with them as much as possible.  If you are unsure about your inflammatory triggers (animal dander, dust mites), discuss having an allergy test with your doctor.


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