Common asthma triggers
Many of the same substances that trigger allergies can also trigger asthma. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. Other asthma triggers include infections and irritants like smoke, pollution, fumes, cleaning chemicals, and sprays. Avoiding exposure to known allergens and respiratory irritants can substantially prevent or reduce asthma symptoms.
Stuart I. Henochowicz, MD, FACP, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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