Those who have witnessed asthma attacks are not likely to forget what they saw. It truly is frightening, as one of our team members learned at a young age when he saw his younger sister struggle to breathe during her first asthma attack. That indelible image for him is shared by many as asthma affects as much as 10 percent of the population. There are several major triggers for asthma. A few of them:

  • Tobacco smoke and wildfire smoke
  • Dust mites
  • Indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • Pests
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Cleaning and disinfection chemicals
  • Pathogens, among others, RSV, Flu, Coronavirus
  • Pollen
  • Physical exertion

The link below takes a deeper dive into the basics of asthma and triggering events.

Common Asthma Triggers

The Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air quality as a top five environmental threat. Our government believes the chief reason for absenteeism in schools can be traced to asthma. The condition affects so many in such wide-ranging ways, considerable research has been done to better understand the causes as well as learning how better to manage it.

Environmental Issues in Managing Asthma

Impact of Environmental Controls on Childhood Asthma

Seasonal asthma in Melbourne, Australia, and some observations on the occurrence of thunderstorm asthma and its predictability

Fatal and near-fatal thunderstorm asthma epidemic in a desert country

Impact of Asthma Exacerbations and Asthma Triggers on Asthma-related Quality of Life in Patients with Severe or Difficult-to-Treat Asthma

Asthma negatively impacts so many aspects of our health. Its relation to heart disease has been examined, and the links below detail the results.

 

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Are patients with asthma at increased risk of coronary heart disease?

Adult Asthma and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease, Cerebrovascular Disease, and Heart Failure: A Prospective Study of 2 Matched Cohorts

Asthma’s relation to depression also has been scrutinized and studied, and the results are examined in our final links today.

Asthma symptoms associated with depression and lower quality of life: a population survey

Depression in Asthma: Prevalence and Clinical Implications

Association Between Asthma and Depression: A National Cohort Study