2. Household Pets
If you already have a dog, cat or rabbit and you’re having a lot of asthma symptoms, then you may need to take a closer look at making sure your furry friends aren’t the cause. “Many types of animals – both pets you have at home and animals you may encounter outside – have been shown to trigger airway inflammation in people who are allergic,” explains Asthma.ca.
One of the major problems with pets is dander, which is actually particles of skin that become airborne. However, the source notes that even an animal’s saliva and bodily oil secretions can be asthma triggers too. Kids with asthma can be especially sensitive to pets – in fact, the source explains up to 50-percent of children with asthma symptoms are triggered by them. These pets can include dogs, mice, gerbils, birds – with cats being “the worst offenders”.