It is not really easy to predict an asthma attack. You may be feeling great at this moment then the next minute you are already gasping for breaths. Decades ago, asthma attacks would be unpredictable but years of studies show that there is always a reason for the attack and there are specific things that trigger asthma attacks that we should be aware of. The sad truth is that these agents or triggers are everywhere and can bring on an attack any minute. Things like dust mites, viruses, even exercise and emotional distress can trigger an asthma attack. However, the thing that can trigger the asthma of one person may have no effect to another person. Controlling your asthma would be a lot easier if you have a better understanding of your personal triggers. The most common culprits of asthma attacks are allergies, irritants, illness and infections, medications, trauma and emotions, and exercise.
Most allergies are caused by food and food additives. It could be just a mild reaction or life-threatening. Eggs, milk, peanuts, shrimps and shellfish are some of the most common foods that can cause allergic reaction. Food preservatives are commonly found in processed foods.
Engaging in strenuous exercise can trigger an asthma attack, but there are still exercises that you can do. Just make sure to take precautions before enjoying any sport or any physical activity for that matter.
Strong emotions can also be the reason of your asthma attack. When you are emotionally distressed, your hormones and brain chemicals become imbalanced and your immune system weakens. When this happens, you become prone to respiratory infections like sinusitis, bronchitis, flu, and colds. The shortness of breath after laughing hard or crying intensely can also lead to an asthma attack. So be in control of your emotions. Be mindful enough to determine your emotional state so that you’ll know when to calm down and relax.
The most common irritants that can trigger asthma attacks include smoke (from cigarettes or anything burning), air pollution, changes in temperature, cold air and humidity, airborne particles, and strong odors released by chemicals such as from perfumes, hair sprays and cleaning agents.
Aside from those familiar and obvious triggers, there have been cases of asthma attack following thunderstorms. Strees is also one factor. When you have asthma, you sometimes feel your chest tightening when you are under too much stress. Do not ignore this because it could lead to a full-blown asthma attack. For some people, an asthma attack can be triggered by chemicals added as flavoring agents, food coloring, or preservatives. Ibuprofen or naproxen, acetaminophen and aspirin can also trigger an asthma attack. If you have asthma and you are experiencing acid reflux, hyperacidity or GERD, it causes a hyper-reaction in your airways and this could lead to full-scale asthma attack. Alcoholic beverages, wine and beer in particular, can give you allergic reaction which may lead to an asthma attack. The allergy can be caused by the alcohol itself or the ingredients present in the alcohol beverage. Your asthma can also be induced when you are stuck in rush-hour traffic because of the fumes from the cars outside. Exposure to air fresheners, cleaning solutions and scented candles can also trigger an asthma attack so make sure your inhaler is always ready. Studies show that vitamin D deficiency is another culprit of an asthma attack.
There are many external factors that can trigger an asthma attack. When a person with asthma is exposed to a trigger, his airways which are very sensitive become even more inflamed. Knowing what triggers your asthma will help you a lot in controlling it. There are many things that trigger asthma attacks but the reaction is specific to an individual. You may react to one trigger that has no effect to others. By reducing your exposure to your specific triggers, it will be easier to lessen the incidence of the asthma attack.