Asthma Triggers List


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asthma-triggersAllergies and asthma don’t always go hand in hand, but most people who have asthma also have allergies. Those allergies can trigger breath-stealing asthma attacks.

Things like pollen, mold, and animal dander can set off an allergic reaction in some people that results in hives, itching, sneezing, and wheezing. When this reaction occurs in the chest, it’s called asthma. In the lungs, allergic reactions cause spasms and thick, sticky mucus. When an asthmatic has an attack, his lungs feel clogged and twitchy, and his chest feels tight.

Though not all people with asthma have allergies, those who do should identify their allergic triggers and avoid them.

Some of the more common asthma triggers to avoid:

  • Foods like chocolate, nuts, shellfish, and eggs.
  • Beverages like orange juice, beer, wine, and milk.
  • Mold spores and pollen. When pollen counts are high, try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Dander from pets such as cats, dogs, hamsters, and rabbits. If you can’t bear to part with your family pet, try to keep it outside and bathe it often.
  • Feather pillows, down comforters, and wool clothing. Use smooth blankets on your bed.
  • Dust. Damp dust and damp mop instead of using brooms that raise dust. Use washable fabrics for curtains and rugs.
  • Cleaning products like bleach and furniture polish.
  • Use a HEPA vacuum and HEPA air purifiers to control indoor airborne allergen particles.

Avoiding your triggers may help you avoid the chest-squeezing experience of an asthma attack!

Source: Allergy and Asthma, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Milwaukee (1995)

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Dust Allergies


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dust-allergiesIs anyone else allergic to dust?

I moved to Dubai from Canada a few years ago, I developed allergies to dust after living in Dubai 1 year, I returned to Canada for vacation for 3 months and has yet to experience an allergic reaction, and when I started sneezing in Dubai again. Canada my home is very clean im not sure has a lot of dust, but not yet i react to what could be the reason for the mites dust could in part of the world is different from another.

House dust is generally not an allergen. However, dust mites or specifically, its waste and decomposing bodies, the introduction of proteins to which many people are allergic. A large majority of household dust is actually human skin shed. Dust mites feed on the dead skin. Moisture levels in Dubai are very high and higher humidity causes mold and mildew fungi in such things as leaves, straw, dried grass and other vegetation that thrives on moisture. Mold spore count therefore becomes very high, the problems that cause allergic reactions in humans that are sensitive to mold. It could be mold spores that are sensitive to both dust mites.

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Source: Yahoo Answers

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