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What causes an asthma attack?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Many triggers: Asthma starts with inflammation of the airways. That inflammation can be triggered by many exposures, such as allergies, infections, and weather changes. Irritants like cigarette smoke and dust can also start an asthma attack. Exercise for many people can also cause symptoms. In the last few years, acid reflux has been recognized as a cause for asthma. Avoiding & controlling these prevents attacks.
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal commented
Pediatrics 50 years experience
In children URI is most common cause of wheezing besides the other triggers.
Jan 21, 2012
Dr. James Glauber
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A recent study has disputed the assocation between asthma and acid reflux. The most common trigger for asthma attacks are upper respiratory infections.
Feb 7, 2012
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Sometimes chronic infectious sinusitis with noctural post nasal drainage can lead to bronchitis and then activate asthma.
Mar 5, 2012
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Multiple Triggers: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that can have multiple different triggers: allergens, cold air, exercise, smells and stress for example. In addition there are other diseases that mimic asthma that must be evaluated that could mimic asthma -- churg strauss syndrome, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, cystic fibrosis to name a few. See you doc for full evaluation and treatment plan.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Five major triggers: Exercise, cold air, pollution, respiratory infection especially viral respiratory infection, and allergens. Number 6 is laughter. That's right; ask anyone with asthma. There are 2 kinds of air pollution - outdoor & indoor. Everyone knows about outdoor pollution. Indoor pollution is cigarette smoke, wood smoke, gases from poorly-functioning gas appliances like a stove, cooking odors & fragrances.

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