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What causes an asthma attack?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
15 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Indu Lal
In children URI is most common cause of wheezing besides the other triggers.
Dr. James Glauber
A recent study has disputed the assocation between asthma and acid reflux. The most common trigger for asthma attacks are upper respiratory infections.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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