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Indoor Triggers

 
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hings that cause asthma episodes are called triggers. Indoor asthma triggers may be found at home, at school, or at work.

Common Indoor Asthma Triggers

Tobacco Smoke

Asthma can be triggered by smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Asthma can also be triggered by the smoke breathed out by a smoker.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny bugs you can't see. Dust mites live in bed sheets, blankets, pillows, mattresses, soft furniture, carpets, and stuffed toys.

Mold & Mildew

Mold and mildew grow on damp surfaces such as shower curtains, bath toys, tubs, basins, and tiles. Leaky plumbing and roof leaks cause dampness, which can cause mold to grow in your home.

Cockroaches

Cockroach droppings and body parts may trigger asthma episodes.

Pets

The skin flakes and saliva of furry pets like cats and dogs can trigger asthma.

Other Indoor Asthma Triggers

Watch for these other possible triggers and items like them:

  • Cleaning products, such as bleach
  • Fumes from paint or paint thinner
  • Scented sprays like perfume or air freshener
  • Incense and scented candles
  • Chalk dust

What can you do?

Use these resources to help you manage indoor asthma triggers.

For more about asthma and asthma resources, see our Asthma Program pages.

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Last reviewed on Sep 13, 2017
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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