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Common Asthma Triggers

Part of the Asthma For Dummies Cheat Sheet

An asthma attack can be brought on by any number of triggers. Asthma triggers can range from certain animal dander to weather changes. Whatever your asthma triggers are, be aware that all the items in the following list can spark a reaction in some people:

  • Animal dander — especially from cats and dogs

  • Air pollution and weather changes

  • Dust mites

  • Occupational irritants and allergens

  • Mold spores and pollens from certain grasses, weeds, and trees

  • Other ailments, including rhinitis, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and viral infections

  • Exercise

  • Household products

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

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