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Asthma Triggers    En Español

  • Triggers are the things that make your asthma worse and
    can cause an asthma episode (attack). 
  • Staying away from triggers is an important step to controlling
    your asthma.
  • Each person has different triggers.

Common Asthma Triggers
Indoor:

  • Dust and dust mites
  • Food Allergies
  • Furry and feathered animals like cats, dogs, and birds
  • Illness – colds and flu
  • Mold and mildew
  • Pests like cockroaches and mice
  • Strong odors like perfumes, sprays, and cleaning products
  • Tobacco smoke

Outdoor:

  • Exercise
  • Pollen from trees, grass, plants and flowers
  • Weather and air pollution

Asthma Trigger Resources

Control Asthma Triggers

Fun for Kids

Know the Air Quality in Your Area

Other Resources

  • Diesel Emissions Stop the Soot Program
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Initiative to reduce harmful diesel soot during the next decade
  • Tobacco Control
    The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program has a page on “Helping Smokers Quit” with links to NJ Quitnet, NJ Quitline, NJ Quitcenters, and information on youth cessation

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Updated Credits for 2013-2014
The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey is sponsored by the American Lung Association in New Jersey. This publication was supported by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, with funds provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Cooperative Agreement 5U59EH000491-5. Its content are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although this document has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under Agreement XA96296601-1 to the American Lung Association in New Jersey, it has not gone through the Agency’s publications review process and therefore, may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred. Information in this publication is not intended to diagnose health problems or take the place of medical advice. For asthma or any medical condition, seek medical advice from your child’s or your health care professional.

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