1. Air fresheners- We all love them, they make the air smell good, but really they only mask odors and can leave you sneezing or wheezing.
2. Paint- Yes, household paint, the fumes actually trigger symptoms. There are some paints that identify with low to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals.
3. Fruit- Does Pollen or ragweed make you feel miserable? You may have something called "oral allergy syndrome". this can happen with fruits like apples, pears, peaches and even bananas. If the symptom gets worse and you have tingling after eating this can become a severe reaction and you should consult with an allergist.
4. Pain relievers- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) specifically. Some people are "aspirin-sensitive" which can casue a severe asthma attack.
5. Spices- are commonly used in cosmetics and for cooking. Certain spices like cinnamon, garlic, cumin, and cardamom liven up our food but can cause a reaction to asthma patients. the hotter the spice the stronger the reaction.
6. Fire Smoke- We all love staring into a warm cozy fire. But the smoke will get to you. Fires churn out gases and particles that can cause a reaction. the American Lung Association recommends using propane or gas instead of wood.
7. Wine- Yes, I said wine! Many people are allergic to food additives like sulfites found in wine and nitrates found in processed meats. Nitrates tend to cause hives and itching. An allergist can help determine with a allergy test.
8. Swimming pools- Yes our beloved pools are also a patient's triggers. The chlorine can cause a mild skin reaction, and spending alot of time in the pool or hot tub may cause some to get asthma or allergies.
9. Remodeling- The materials that help make your home look good can also be causing your asthma flairs. Plaster, drywall, wood, vinyl floors, paints and wallpaper are all culprits of causing an attack. Hanging a sheet to keep down the dust may help.
10. Christmas Trees- Yes our beloved Christmas tree may be a cause of your asthma or allergies. Trees from outside have pollen, fertilizer, and and mold building up on them. Before bringing the tree inside wash it down with the hose and let it dry. If you use a artifical tree, make sure it is free of dust when setting it up.