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Asthma Attacks: 5 Surprising Triggers That Can Cause Breathing Trouble, And How To Prevent Them

Breathing is linked to our body and our mind. Inhaling and exhaling allows our cells to absorb oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide; this has a calming effect on us mentally and emotionally. Many people with asthma have allergies, which can trigger asthma symptoms, and potentially lead to an asthma attack.

In Health’s video, "5 Surprising Things That Can Trigger Asthma Attacks", the magazine reveals five odd things that can cause an asthma attack and how to prevent it.

A sporadic asthma attack can make breathing difficult, making us feel like a fish out of water.

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During an asthma attack, muscles around the airways become tightened, known as bronchospasm. The lining of the airways become swollen or inflamed with a greater production of thicker mucus. Bronchospasm, inflammation, and mucus production, lead to symptoms of asthma attacks, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and difficulty performing normal daily activities, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Pet owners with asthma should be especially cautious when playing with their pets. Pet dander can trigger asthma. It's best to keep pets out of the bedroom; bathe them weekly; and wash hands after petting. Vacuuming frequently, good hair removal, and using shampoos and sprays to neutralize dander can help reduce the risk of an asthma attack.

Clean pets and a clean house can also minimize the presence of dust mites. They live in dust that builds up around the house, in carpets, bedding, furniture and toys. There are people who are "allergic to dust", which can trigger asthma symptoms.

Familiarizing ourselves with common asthma triggers can help the 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children in the U.S. with asthma better manage their symptoms, and breathe a little easier.

Click on Health’s video to learn more about the other common asthma triggers.

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