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What are common triggers for allergic reactions and asthma?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Many different...: ...Triggers - of foods, nuts and fish/seafood are more common; of airborne triggers, smoke, dust, pollens and animal dander (cats are most severe).
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Allegens & irritiant: Allergens: house dust mites, animal danders, mold spores, pollens & sometimes foods. Irritants: cigarette smoke, wood & barbecue smoke, poorly-burning gas stoves, heaters, furnaces & hot water heaters, smog, diesel exhausts, pesticides, fragrance. For asthma these physical triggers: cold air, exercise, laughter, stress, and respiratory infections, especially viral respiratory infections.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Caution! Children with asthma are more likely to experience a severe life threatening allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis. Symptoms may be mistaken for a "routine" episode of asthma BUT there are clues. Suspect anaphylaxis if any of the following accompany an asthma attack:crampy abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea,hives, itching, flushing, swelling of lips or tongue or eyelids>*call Rescue squad
Aug 11, 2015
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Triggers...: Common triggers for allergic reactions and asthma include pollen, mold, pet dander, dust, insect bites/stings, foods, ozone, cigarette smoke, cold air, exercise, meds, etc.

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