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A 44-year-old member asked:

Do all asthma attacks have "triggers" like viruses, cold air, smoke, etc?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: All asthma attacks are caused by various triggers, including allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, foods or pollen, irritants such as tobacco smoke, acid reflux, viral or bacterial infections, exercise, cold exposure, emotional stress, or medications such as beta blockers or nsaids. All individuals with asthma are not the same, so, not all asthma attacks are brought on by the same trigger.
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 39 years experience
translation a beta blocker is a medicine such as propanolol NSAIDS= non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, advil, motrin, aleve, naproxen
Apr 1, 2012
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Reactive airways: Asthma, by definition is reactive airways. So it's reacting to something.But often times, we have difficulty narrowing it down to figure out exactly what it is.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No...: Sometimes, an exacerbation of asthma can occur without any known trigger.
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