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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.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal commented
49 years experience in Pediatrics
In children URI is most common cause of wheezing besides the other triggers.
Jan 21, 2012
Dr. James Glauber
32 years experience in Pediatrics
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
56 years experience in Internal Medicine
Sometimes chronic infectious sinusitis with noctural post nasal drainage can lead to bronchitis and then activate asthma.
Mar 5, 2012

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