Shortness of breathe, excessive coughing, wheezing, and tightness, pain, or pressure in the chest; about 26 million Americans diagnosed with asthma experience these symptoms every day.
The cause for asthma is not certain, but most researchers believe asthma has a genetic origin, which means asthma is typically a disease people are born with. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America believes that in order to understand the causes of asthma, it is better to ask the question, “what causes asthma symptoms to appear,” rather than “what causes asthma?”
The airways of those who are living with asthma are chronically inflamed, which makes them extremely sensitive to things, known as triggers, that people without asthma are unaffected by. Each person living with asthma has different triggers. Some people have few triggers, others have many, and the severity of one persons’ asthma episode may be higher than another’s. Most triggers are environmental or related to lifestyle.
Below is a list of common triggers. If you are having difficulty determining your triggers, pay close attention to patterns, as triggers do not always take immediate effect.
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Jaime Venditti, State Coordinator, New York Health Works
 http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&cont=6  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/basics/causes/con-20026992