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According to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and other organizations, triggers for asthma include:
|Allergens||Respiratory Infections and Sinusitis|
||Infections can cause irritation of the airways, nose, throat, lungs, and sinuses, and worsens asthma.|
|Irritants||Sensitivity to Medications|
||Medications, such as aspirin and sulfites, may cause asthmatic attacks as a result of sensitivities or allergies to them. These medications often include:
Before giving your child any medication, including over-the-counter medications, talk with your child's physician.
|Exercise can trigger an asthma attack, often because of the inhaled cool and dry air. Long-term strenuous activities such as long distance running, are most likely to induce asthma, and swimming is the least likely.||GERD, a condition characterized by persistent reflux of stomach acids, is common in individuals with asthma. Symptoms may include heartburn, belching, or spitting up in infants.|
|Smoke||Emotional Anxiety and Nervous Stress|
|Tobacco smoke, whether directly or passively inhaled, has been shown to worsen asthma.
Wood smoke from wood-burning heating stoves and fireplaces can release irritating chemicals such as sulfur dioxide.
|Reactions from stress and anxiety are considered to be more of an effect than a cause. They can cause fatigue, which may affect the immune system and, in turn, increase either asthma symptoms or bring on an attack.|
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