The Top 8 Asthma Triggers and How to Avoid Them
Up to 30% of folks with asthma are allergic to dogs and other household animals, according to the ACAAI. If you can't part with your pet, keep him out of your bedroom, bathe him once a week, and wash hands after petting him.
Smoke irritates the linings of your airways, making you more susceptible to an asthma attack.
So don't let anyone smoke in your house or in your car, and try not to use wood-burning stoves or fireplaces.
Up to 90% of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to mites. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which traps small particles other filters allow to recirculate, and buy allergen-resistant bedding (or wash regular bedding in hot water as often as possible).
Keep the humidity in your house under 50% to avoid growing mold, which can trigger an asthma attack, and fix leaky faucets and pipes as soon as you notice a problem.
If your asthma is severe, keep plants outdoorsómolds love potting soil.
Cold air can constrict airways, especially for people with asthma. When outside in winter, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf.
Plug-in room air fresheners
These may spew ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), both of which can aggravate your airways.