Utah Valley Clinic Asthma and Allergy
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You have asthma - but that doesn't mean you can't do all the things you enjoy doing. Working with Dr. J. Thaddaeus Abbott, you can control your asthma. The key for you is to:
Our expert provider, Dr. Thad Abbott, will work with you to control your asthma and identify your triggers.
Allergens are things that cause you to have an allergic reaction. In some people, allergens also trigger asthma flare-ups. Common allergens include animal dander, pollen, molds, dust mites, cockroach droppings, and certain foods all of which can trigger asthma symptoms.
Emotions don't cause asthma, but strong reactions like laughing, crying, and sighing, may trigger symptoms. Family and job related stresses can also bring on symptoms.
Exercise - a common trigger - can bring on coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath. Still, when your symptoms are well controlled, exercise is good for your lungs. It's one trigger you should NOT avoid.
Tobacco smoke is among the worst airborne irritants. Wood-burning fireplaces, kerosene heaters, and gas stoves - along with industrial and exhaust fumes, aerosol sprays, perfumes, fumes from paint, glues, and household cleaning products - can also cause problems.
Some medications - for example beta blockers or those that contain aspirin may cause symptoms.
Colds, Influenza (the flu), sinus infections and other illnesses can trigger an asthma flare-up. These illnesses also tend to last longer if you have asthma.
Asthma symptoms that occur at night are called nocturnal asthma. It can be brought on by allergens in the bedroom, a drop in body temperature, and heartburn (GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Try to find out why your asthma is worse at night, then eliminate those causes.
A sudden blast of cold air, excess heat and humidity, and dry climates can all trigger asthma.
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