You’re probably well aware that things like pollen, dust mites, and pet dander can trigger asthma attacks. But there are several more asthma triggers out there you may never have thought of. For example--
Though cute, ladybugs can wreak havoc on your asthma, especially if large amounts of them infest your home and start dying. Like most living things, their bodies decompose and turn to dust, creating a “strong” allergen according to Dr. Timothy Craig.
Laser printers disperse ultrafine particles that can mess with your asthma. In one case, a 44-year-old secretary suffered from asthma and allergy symptoms for up to 20 minutes after every trip she took to the photocopier.
Did you know that paraffin-based candles are the most popular style of candle in the US? And did you know that they release toluene and benzene, two asthma-triggering chemicals? Fortunately, the occasional paraffin candle isn’t a major threat. Just make sure to keep your home ventilated. Or consider switching to beeswax or soybean-based candles, neither or which release toluene or benzene.
Asthmatics have been known to experience asthma attacks if they stay in their car after a crash. Why? Airbags inflate via aerosol compounds, an asthma trigger. So if you ever find yourself in a car accident and you’re physically able to, it’s a good idea to step out of the car and get some fresh air.
Highways are a bad place for asthmatics. The main problem isn’t all those airbags, it’s all those car emissions. So if you have asthma, it’s a good idea to drive with your windows up and not to jog along the highway.
There are many common and uncommon asthma triggers out there. But don’t worry; be ready. Keep your inhaler or nebulizer on hand so you can breathe easy, even when triggers come your way.