One of the most common ailments that children suffer as well as teens and adults is asthma. It occurs when the airways in the lungs tighten and blocks it from receiving the adequate air to breathe. Some parents whose child are affected by asthma are unaware of the signals the child might be projecting under attack such as: difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and chest pain.

There are many factors that can cause an asthma attack and are called triggers. Unfortunately, they are everywhere. Triggers can be the mold from your house, cigarette smoke, dust mites, airborne debris, and household pets.

So how can you protect yourself or a family member from an onslaught of these triggers? Below are simple tips to defend against asthmatic bouts.


Unseen by the naked eye are tiny mold spores just floating through the air. When it lands on a damp surface, it doesn’t take much for the mold to grow and spread. This causes it to multiply and attack sufferers prone to asthma.

Because of this, necessary steps must be taken to rid of molds promptly. First of all, don’t leave any wet or damp clothes lying around or in the hamper. Turning on an exhaust fan or opening a window while under a hot shower also helps. Also, be aware of any faulty faucets and water pipes as they are a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Dust Mites

Also called bed mites, they love dank and warm places to multiply. A prime example would be the bed where pillows, blankets, and mattresses offer the warmth they prefer. Moreover, these microscopic pests can easily set off an asthma attack or allergic reaction.

Getting rid of dust mites is relatively easy. Like mold, reducing the humidity and dampness around your house can effectively lessen its potent reaction to asthma victims. Plus, make sure to wash and vacuum any carpets, curtains and stuffed toys lying around the house.

Cigarette Smoke

Inhaling secondhand smoke is the one of the worst trigger an asthmatic person could encounter. It’s even more dangerous for kids since their airways are much smaller. Coughing and gasping for breath are usually the giveaway sign of an impending asthma attack.

If you or any member of your family smokes, simply encourage them to quit or remind them to do it at a distance. Also, steer away from restaurants and public places that provides a smoking area or a designated room for smokers. More importantly, make sure your children’s day care or school are smoke-free.

Airborne Dust

For some, a simple pollen blown by the wind can induce an allergic or asthma attack. Additionally, chemical gases exuding from a nearby construction site can also be hazardous. Airborne dusts comes in varying factors such as mists, smokes, fumes, and overall pollution.

When going outdoors, make sure to avoid any areas near a factory plant or streets known for their traffic jam. As much as possible, avoid sending your kids to school that are near any major highways and construction sites. Even better, make sure to have a mask ready in hand when leaving the house.

Household Pets

Contrary to popular belief, pet fur by itself does not trigger any allergic reaction. However, the fur can easily collect saliva, urine, pollen, and any other allergens which is harmful to an asthmatic person.

If possible, avoid any pets within your house and leave them outdoors. If not, try to keep them away from areas where you or your child spend most of your time such as the bedroom. Plus, make sure to regularly vacuum any upholstered furniture.

When left untreated, asthma can severely cripple a person’s daily routine. It’s always important to be aware of any triggers that can cause any unwanted attacks. By managing them, a sufferer can lead a full and satisfying life.

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