Get to know your asthma triggers

Asthma triggers

  • Some plants with a large amount pollen or perfume can cause difficluties with asthma and allergies.
  • August to March are the difficult months, with more pollen in the air, which can trigger an asthma attack.
  • Air pollution including bush fires and allergens
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Hormones: periods, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause
  • Medications
  • Chemicals and mould
  • Illness including colds and flu
  • Pets
  • Depression including different emotions and stress
  • Lifestyle choices including your diet and smoking
  • Sex
  • Dust mites
  • Exercise
  • Weather/thunderstorms
  • Food
  • Workplace

Occupational asthma triggers

  • Wood dust (e.g. western red cedar, redwood, oak) can affect Carpenters, builders, sawmill workers, sanders, model builders.
  • Isocyanates can affect automotive industry, mechanics, painters, adhesive workers, chemical industry, polyurethane foam workers.
  • Formaldehyde can affect cosmetics industry, embalmers, foundry workers, hairdressers, laboratory staff, medical personnel, paper industry, plastics industry, rubber industry, tanners.
  • Platinum salts can affect chemists, dentists, electronics industry, photographers, metallurgists.
  • Latex can affect health care workers, textile industry, toy manufacturers.
  • Flour and grain dust can affect bakers, cooks, pizza makers, grocers, farmers, combine harvester drivers.
  • Animal allergens (e.g. urine, dander) can affect veterinary surgery workers, animal care workers, laboratory workers, jockeys, animal breeders, pet shop employees.

Sourced from www.asthmafoundation.org.au.



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