What are the most common triggers for asthma attacks?

Written by: Dr Bryan Sheinman
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In one of our latest medical articles here below, Dr Bryan Sheinman, a well-regarded consultant chest physician, details what causes asthma, outlines the associated symptoms, and tells us what the main triggers of asthma are, and whether or not they can be avoided.

What is asthma, and what causes it?

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways which results in both inflammation and constriction of the airways. It is often caused by allergies, which are quite easy to detect, but other possible causes are relatively unknown.


What are some common symptoms of asthma?

The common symptoms of asthma include:



What are some common triggers for asthma attacks, and how can they be avoided?

The most common trigger of asthma is a viral infection. This is incredibly difficult to avoid. Other triggers include exercise and an exposure to a variety of stimulants such as dust, pollen, and fumes. They are all, unfortunately, very difficult to avoid in this day and age.


Are there any new treatments for asthma that are currently being developed?

Yes, there are several new treatments. They mostly involve the use of monoclonal antibodies. We now have several available, which can be taken orally or administered via injection.


If you are worried about potentially suffering from asthma, and if you would like to find out more about potential risk factors relating to asthma, make sure to book an appointment with leading consultant chest physician, Dr Bryan Sheinman today. You can do just that by heading over to his Top Doctors profile

By Dr Bryan Sheinman
Pulmonology & respiratory medicine

Dr Bryan Sheinman is a highly dedicated, experienced and leading Consultant Chest Physician with an interest in general medicine. He has advanced expertise in all aspects of chest conditions. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, persistent cough, asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS).

Throughout his career, Dr Sheinman has many achievements. With a career spanning over 40 years, he has garnered a wealth of advanced knowledge and experience. This has lead him to become the Vice Chairman of the Chest Unit at Wellington Hospital and was a founder member of the British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory Group and continues as a member. Furthermore, he was until recently the Lead Clinician for Asthma and Allergies at the North Middlesex Hospital and he has been appointed to the British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory Group on Cough.

As Lead Clinician for Bronchoscopy at the North Middlesex Hospital, he enabled patients to receive non-operative diagnoses by introducing and setting up the EBUS ultrasound-assisted transbronchial node aspiration (EBUS-TBNA). 

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