If you suffer from asthma, you know all too well that it can be set off at seemingly any time – and can leave you gasping for air to the point you could need emergency medical help.
However, whether you’re aware or not, there are certain factors – both environmental and otherwise – that are setting off your asthma. You may be able to pinpoint some of these triggers and avoid them to reduce your chances of having an asthma attack. Since May has been declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), here are seven asthma attack triggers to look out for…
1. Non-Biting Insects
While people can have severe allergic reactions to certain bug bites and stings, those with asthma still have to worry about the bugs that aren’t known for either of those aggressive or defensive behaviors.
The AAFA points out that even seemingly docile insects such as cockroaches and dust mites can trigger an asthma attack, so you obviously won’t want them hanging around your home. These types of insects can cause allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes and runny nose in people without asthma, and these symptoms can last for months at a time.