Get to know your 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
- Chemicals and mould
- Illness including colds and flu
- Depression including different emotions and stress
- Lifestyle choices including your diet and smoking
- Dust mites
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.