Asthma Triggers

About one in 12 people suffers from asthma, and out of that group, about 12 million people every year will experience an asthma attack. One of the most important steps to successful treatment is identifying your individual triggers.

  • Possible triggers include:
  • Respiratory infection
  • Bacterial infection such as sinusitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)F. Michael Caldwell_
  • Seasonal pollens or molds
  • Stress
  • Transferring from a cold to hot environment, or vice versa
  • Pet dander

“When you work with a doctor to identify your triggers, you should first try to avoid them,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical Center. “Sometimes avoidance is impossible. In those cases, take great care to find the right combination of medications, including a long-acting medicine and a rescue inhaler.”

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