Pharmacy Corner
When Every Breath Matters: Asthma in Children What can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms?

People with asthma normally do not have constant symptoms. Usually there is a trigger that sets off an asthma attack. A trigger is anything that can worsen or cause symptoms of asthma. Everybody has different triggers and everybody can respond differently to each of these triggers. It is important to remember that what triggers one person’s asthma may not trigger yours, or vice-versa.

Some common asthma triggers include:

  • Secondhand smoke
  • Viral infections
  • Dust
  • Strong perfumes and odours
  • Pets
  • Pests (Cockroaches)
  • Mould
  • Pollen
  • Physical activity
  • Stress and anxiety

Tip #1:

Children who get viral infections like the flu are more likely to get asthma symptoms. Children who get their yearly flu shot are less likely to get sick!


Tip #2:

Watch the weather report! During very hot and humid conditions, they sometimes suggest people with lung conditions to stay indoors and avoid exercising outdoors.

Although triggers may cause or worsen asthma symptoms, removing the triggers may not be possible. Even if it was, it may not work to reduce asthma symptoms because everyone is different. Some common triggers like exercise should NOT be avoided because exercise is healthy.