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					Understanding Common Asthma Triggers
Knowledge is power. If you have asthma, it is important to understand what may trigger an attack. By
recognizing which things are likely to make you feel bad, you can make a plan to avoid or limit your
exposure to different triggers. This allows you to gain control your asthma rather than letting your
asthma control you. Read on to find out more information on some of the most common asthma
triggers.




Secondhand smoke is one of the biggest triggers for asthma. This happens when you breathe in the
smoke from another person's cigarette. If you have asthma, politely make your family and friends
aware of your condition and ask that they do not smoke around you. If someone is smoking, walk
away to minimize your exposure. If you are the parent of a child with asthma, never smoke indoors
and ask your friends to follow your example. Smoke can linger in the carpet, drapes and even on your
furniture, making life difficult for an asthmatic.




Infections, such as the cold or the flu, can also trigger an asthma attack. This is particularly true for
children. While it is impossible to ward off every cold that comes your way, there are things that you
can do that will help yourself stay healthier. First, get the flu shot. Always check with your doctor
before doing so, but this shot can help you avoid getting seriously sick. If you know someone isn't
feeling well, do not spend time with them until they are feeling better. Finally, wash your hands often
with soap and water. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you as well; while it is not a substitute for
the traditional method of cleaning your hands, it works well when you do not have access to soap and
water.




There are a variety of things within the home that can bring on an allergy attack. You will not be able
to get rid of all of them, but you can work to bring down how many of these allergens you have in your
living space. For example, it is important to keep an eye out for cockroaches; their saliva, bodies and
skin can all cause you to have an attack. Keep your house clean and research ways to get rid of
cockroaches if you have them.




Dust mites are also troublesome; they can be found on mattresses, carpets, drapes and bedding,
among other things. Vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash all your bedding. You can even put your
mattresses out in the sunlight for a few hours; it helps to kill the mites. Stuffed animals are a great
place for dust mites to hide as well; wash these whenever you can, and if they are not being used,
placed them in a plastic bag, seal them up and store them.
Although this is by no means a complete list, the information included here can help you build a solid
knowledge base when it comes to your understanding of asthma triggers. By altering your behavior in
small ways, you can live a happier and healthier life with asthma.

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