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An asthma attack is when asthma symptoms suddenly get worse, caused by tightening of the muscles around the airways. The lining of the airways becomes swollen or inflamed, and a thick mucus is produced.

What causes an asthma attack depends on the individual.

An asthma attack may be caused by:

  • Certain perfumes
  • Having a cold
  • Pollen
  • Pollution
  • Smoke exposure
  • Stress
  • Weather changes
  • And lots of other things

Some people have them with exercise – this is called exercise-induced asthma.

To help prevent an asthma attack, it is important to identify your triggers and learn how you can avoid them.

Asthma Triggers How To Avoid
  • Exercise
  • Children with asthma can and should exercise if they are on the right medicine to keep their asthma controlled
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Cold Air
  • Change in Weather
  • Wash your hands often
  • Get a flu shot every Fall
  • Mice & Rats
  • Roaches
  • Water Bugs
  • Keep food in airtight containers
  • Notify landlord or call an exterminator if you have rodents
  • Use traps
  • Furry & Feathered Pets
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom
  • Weeds
  • Grasses
  • Trees
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • During pollen season, keep the windows closed and use air conditioners
  • Shower before bed if you have been outdoors
  • Repair water damaged areas in your home
  • Smoke
  • Air Pollution
  • Dust & Dust Mites
  • Strong Smells
  • Perfumes & Body Sprays
  • Cleaning Products
  • Stay away from all kinds of smoke, including second hand smoke
  • Cover pillows and mattresses with allergy covers
  • Wash linens in hot water
  • Keep stuffed animals off the bed
  • Stay away from strong smells
  • Avoid exposure to cleaning fumes, perfumes and hairspray