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Unusual Asthma Triggers: Beware Of These Six!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

There are obvious things that easily trigger an asthmatic attack. Dust, mites, smoke, pollen, etc. are the more obvious culprits. But what about your favourite incense stick or scented candle, traffic or even aspirin? They are the unusual asthma triggers. Have you realized that the situation can get nasty even with these too! Thus, rather than getting caught unaware it is always vital to correctly identify which particular trigger troubles you, so you can try to avoid it and try to safeguard yourself from it.

Perfumed Candles and Air Fresheners

Scented Candles and Air Fresheners may be the best bet to elevate the mood at home, but they can cause a lot of uneasiness as far as your health is concerned. The ingredients in these fresheners can aggravate allergies or trigger many types of allergic symptoms. Scents or fragrances can irritate sensitive airways and cause high levels of discomfort for an asthma patient.


Certain types of alcoholic beverages can worsen symptoms of asthma and increase the frequency and possibility of an attack. In certain studies, it has been found that along with alcohol, nicotine and heroin can also trigger an asthmatic stroke.


While not a trigger,  the smell of chlorine can act as an irritant.  It can elevate the asthmatic symptoms in some patients.

Weather changes

Whether it is the scorching heat or a soothing cool climate, abrupt changes in the weather patterns can make the life of an asthma patient difficult. A cool, gusty wind can cause the spread of pollen and can affect patients who suffer from tree pollen allergies.

Acid reflux and Heartburn

A bout of acidity or acid reflux can cause a burning sensation or pain in the throat area. Simultaneously, in some cases, it can also trigger an asthmatic attack. The main reason for this is the acid that causes a hyper-reaction in the airways.  


It has been observed that many Asthma patients are highly sensitive to Aspirin or similar non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen. Their symptoms aggravate, and they are more likely to have an attack after consuming this drug.Please note: Do not take these unusual asthma triggers lightly.Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational/awareness purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to diagnose or treat any medical condition. The reader should consult a registered medical practitioner to determine the appropriateness of the information and before consuming any medication. PharmEasy does not provide any guarantee or warranty (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information; and disclaims any liability arising thereof.

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