Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways. It is a disease that affects your lungs. When the airways become narrow, swollen and filled with mucus some type of trigger occurs. Asthma triggers can cause an asthma attack. People usually feel a chest tightening, heavy coughing and difficulty breathing.

There are many ways to trigger an asthma attack. Each individual with asthma may have different types of personal triggers. It is important to identify and understand the common triggers of asthma and how you can reduce the frequency of having an asthma attack.  You can have an asthma friendly home and minimized symptoms by keeping your environment clean and clear.

Asthma is more prevalent in African-Americans than Caucasians.  Various ethnic differences in asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality are highly correlated with poverty, urban air quality, indoor allergens, and lack of patient education and inadequate medical care.  Here is a list of triggers that you should be aware of and try to prevent in order to eliminate attacks.

Inflammatory triggers can include certain

Air pollutants

Dust mites

Cockroaches

Moulds

Pollens

Other triggers can include

Perfumes

Smoke

Cold air

Dairy

Seafood

Nuts

Fruits

Strenuous exercise

Pay attention to what affects your body when having asthma.  The more you know about your body and understand what keeps you feeling good are important to alleviate an attack.

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