All About Trigger Management
An asthma trigger is something which causes your asthma to act up.1 Different people have different triggers. Some asthma flare-ups can be caused by allergens causing respiratory symptoms, other triggers may cause other allergic reactions like hives on the skin, rashes, before impacting the asthma symptoms, while other triggers could be purely food-related.
How do triggers work to cause symptoms?
When a person comes in contact with a trigger, a series of reactions are set forth in the body: the trigger causes inflammation and swelling inside the airways, mucus is released on the airways making it difficult for air to pass (thus causing difficulty breathing) and the airway muscles tighten in response to being exposed to the allergen further causing asthma symptoms.2
Being aware of your triggers is key to managing them
Being able to identify your triggers is the key to avoiding them and thus controlling and managing asthma symptoms or potentially, even an asthma attack. One way to identify your triggers is allergy testing with an allergist. Another way many people living with asthma do this is by keeping a journal closely tracking their symptoms every day, what they ate, the places they visited, to draw connections between their symptoms, how they were feeling and if their symptoms may be connected to the triggers they may have come in contact with.
Some tips from our contributors to identify, manage, and cope with triggers
- Lorene talks about the top 5 questions people ask her about triggers in her role as a certified asthma educator.
- Theresa talks about how her triggers cause her frustration and the emotional implications of being exposed to her triggers.
- Kerri talks about some unexpected triggers she experienced during a hotel stay.
- John talks about how some asthma triggers are mysterious and tricky to figure out.
- Our community members share in this article the various different things that trigger their asthma symptoms.
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