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What it is in ammonia that can trigger asthma?

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Bronchial irritant: Ammonia can trigger asthma since it is a bronchial irritant. It is not a specific allergen. It is an asthma trigger in the same way that chlorine near a swimming pool or other strong cleaning agents can be--by irritating already "twitchy" or reactive airways.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Pungency: Any strong smell can trigger asthma - we don't allow perfume in our waiting room. Same goes for smoke, fumes and most cleaning detergents.
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