Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

Can Your Surroundings Trigger an Asthma Attack?

Asthma attacks can be brought on by what’s around you, indoors and outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control provides tips on managing some of these triggers:

Outdoor triggers:

  • Air pollution from cars, factories and more can trigger asthma attacks. Follow daily air quality forecasts and plan your activities when pollution levels are lowest.
  • Cold weather can make asthma worse, so bundle up if you’ll be out in the cold.

Indoor triggers:

  • Furry pets can trigger asthma attacks; bathe pets weekly and keep them outside as much as possible.
  • Mold (breathing it in) can trigger an attack; use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to help keep humidity at low level (no higher than 50 percent).
  • Dust mites are tiny bugs found in every home and can trigger asthma attacks. You can help decrease dust mites by covering your mattress and pillows, washing bedding on the hottest water setting and avoiding down-filled pillows and blankets.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about managing triggers in your surroundings that can cause asthma attacks.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine