How to avoid asthma triggers
Some triggers can be avoided, for example by giving up smoking. Others are either completely out of your control or difficult to avoid, so the only thing you can do is learn how to minimise and manage your symptoms instead. The better-managed your asthma is over all, the less impact your triggers should have. A few tips on specific triggers:
· Animals: If you can’t avoid coming into contact with a pet or animal that you know will trigger your asthma, try taking an antihistamine or nasal spray beforehand.
· Stress: According to Asthma UK, 69% of people with asthma believe that stress is a trigger for symptoms. Managing your condition properly can help; emotions are less likely to trigger symptoms in well-managed asthma.
· Dust mites: Although avoiding dust mite droppings is impossible, using a preventer inhaler can help reduce any reactions better than mattress protectors, pesticides, 60 degree washes or air purifiers; there’s no real evidence these methods work.
· Mould: Avoid mould spores by keeping your home as mould-free as possible. Keep the house free from visible mould, don’t dry clothes over radiators, use an extractor fan in the bathroom and keep your home well-ventilated.
· Pollution: It can be difficult to avoid, but be prepared and check the DEFRA pollution forecast – make sure you have your reliever inhaler with you if you need to venture out on a high pollution day. Planning activities for earlier in the day can also help, as pollution won’t have had so much time to build up.