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Real Patients: Triggers


Real Patients
The triggers of an asthma attack are fairly simple. For everybody it could be different. Some of them, it’s related to pollen, humidity in the air. I react to even car exhaust, to smoke, perfumes, certain types of perfumes. It’s more airborne, air related type triggers that you’re mostly going to respond to.

You could be triggered by something like, like allergies. I’ve known people that just walking by cigarette smoke that will trigger them. And that they can’t be around somebody who’s smoking.

Campfire smoke, extreme weather temperature changes. If you go from really hot to all of the sudden really cold. If we go from where it’s really dry to a lot of humidity or snows rolling in.

I knew not to be around smells that would trigger my asthma. High wind, if I could help it. Cold.

When I was stationed down in Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, there was a lot of humidity down there but then there’s also a lot of pollen.

I can just be sitting down, watching TV, you know, after work and come nightfall all the sudden I just can’t breathe. So I’d have to reach for my inhaler. You know, and I’ve noticed that that was a trend. Day after day, that when, from day fall, from day to nightfall is when the, you know, the temperatures start to drop a bit, you know, that’s when I start to feel the tightening of the chest.

Know your body as far as your breathing. How your body responds to certain things. Make sure you keep your rescue inhalers with you at all times.

The inhaler comes in handy like when you’re outside walking the dogs and all the sudden, you know, you come across fresh cut grass. Or pollen. Or that extra smoky exhaust coming from a car that’s coming by.

If you know that exercise triggers your asthma, I wouldn’t say don’t exercise but try to figure out what level of exercise you can do without, without triggering your asthma. Because once you have that attack, you’re not going to be able to finish what you were doing anyway.