Adult Onset Asthma:
Top Triggers To Watch For

Adult onset asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects many individuals in their older years. The signs are commonly wheezing, coughing and breathlessness.

Triggers are different for every person. But they can be determined with the help of a qualified doctor. So it is vital to seek medical advice if the symptoms are persistent and unusual.

Environment Plays A Factor In Adult Onset Asthma

The exact cause of either childhood or adult onset asthma is not known but there are certain factors which have been identified as triggers. Sometimes the condition can be mistaken for other problems affecting the lungs, such as bronchitis or emphysema.

  • Tobacco smoke, while not a known cause, can bring upon the problem and adults who smoke are urged to give it up. Exposure to second hand smoke is also a risk, so it may be necessary to find a smoke free area at home or work.
  • Dust, pollution and allergens are also common triggers. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done about air pollution if the sufferer is unfortunate to live in an area in which this is an issue. But a home can be made safer by regular vacuuming and cleaning of carpets, mattresses and upholstery.
  • Occupational hazards that come with certain jobs, such as carpentry, can be dangerous. Since the sufferer is exposed to high amounts of dust and chemicals, they can trigger one or more symptoms.
  • Illness, particularly colds and flu, can initiate adult-onset asthma and trigger attacks. Annual influenza vaccinations are recommended for asthma sufferers.
  • Intensive exercise, particularly outdoor activities such as long distance cycling and skiing which cause the lungs to ingest a lot of cold air.

Certain foods and medications can stimulate a response in some people. Nuts or additives in food are a common cause of asthma attacks, as are beta blockers, aspirin and some pain medications.

Avoiding Triggers Can Prevent Future Asthma Attacks

Knowing what your triggers are can help you remove the offending allergens from your life as much as possible, making it easier for you to breathe. These are some simple things that you can get to reduce your symptoms:

  • Air cleaners and humidifiers - Dust extractors and air filters can be installed to improve air quality. Although some are costly, they are effective in keeping the air clean and reducing the amount of allergens in the environment.
  • Pollen masks – When it comes to occupational hazards, wearing a mask can help reduce the risk. Regular use of chemicals with fumes, like household cleaning products and spray paints, should also be avoided. Again, wearing a mask or alternative products is advisable.
  • Allergy Free Products - They have the most common allergic chemicals removed so they won’t agitate your symptoms.
  • Pet Control Products - Pet shampoos and topical treatments are available to remove dander and allergens. By removing the problem you have less of a chance of having an allergic or asthmatic reaction.

Treatment for asthma in adults must be determined in consultation with a medical professional and is an ongoing process in which the patient takes responsibility for managing the condition. It is not something which can be cured, but with the right approach can be controlled to the point where is has little impact on quality of life.


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Most people find fewer problems with breathing problems when they find an asthma management plan that really works. Read The SAFE Asthma Treatment Guide and discover the four steps to controlling asthma.  With a little help from your doctor and the right plan of action, you can control your wheezing and coughing so that you can breathe easier.

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