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Lesson 2: Asthma Triggers

Lesson 1: What is Asthma? Lesson 2: Asthma Triggers Lesson 3: Reducing Asthma Triggers Lesson 4: Daily Care for Your Asthma Lesson 5: Astma Treatments

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Welcome Back! In the last lesson we went over basic information pertaining to asthma. And now its time to learn more about those pesky asthma triggers.

Get ready to have these burning questions answered:

  • What is an asthma trigger?
  • What are common indoor triggers?
  • What are common outdoor triggers?
  • What are airborne irritants?
  • What are other asthma triggers?
  • Where can I learn about reducing the triggers I encounter?

But before we get started...

Assignment #1
Test your knowledge...again. Take "The Great Trigger Quiz" to see how much you know about asthma triggers.

Hopefully you did pretty well on the quiz we tried to stick to the basics, promise. Regardless of your score, however, we can all stand to learn a bit more about asthma triggers you'll find inside. After all, the more you know, the more precautions you can take to prevent the triggers from provoking or aggravating your asthma.

What is this trigger thing, where can I get one?

No, firearms will not exacerbate your asthma. Rather, an asthma "trigger" simply refers to a factor that triggers your symptoms. A trigger can be an actual substance that causes you to have an allergic reaction (an allergen), or it can be a physical state of your body, like that involved in exercising or dealing with emotional stress. Triggers can exist seasonally or year round, both indoors and out. Airborne irritants, like smog and tobacco smoke, although not allergens, can aggravate asthma.

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