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Asthma Education Program

Triggers of Asthma

Flare-ups of asthma, often called "asthma attacks" generally occur as a result of such triggers as:

  • Allergens such as pollen, animal dander and mold 
  • Smoking or second hand smoke
  • Air pollutants
  • Various food additives and preservatives
  • Extreme heat and cold
  • Stress and emotional turmoil

Symptoms of Asthma

In a mild case, asthma may have little or no impact on a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities. There are, however, warning signs that signal the onset of worsening symptoms or an acute asthma attack. These may include:

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest or chest pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Increased use of bronchodilators