Conditions We Treat
Severe Asthma Clinic
Researchers continue to learn what causes asthma. It is not entirely understood. The following things play a part:
- Genetics: asthma runs in families.
- Allergies: some allergies are more common in people with asthma.
- Respiratory infections: infants and young children who have some respiratory infections are more likely to have long-term lung problems.
- Environmental factors: irritants, like pollution and allergens, are known to cause asthma.
What causes asthma symptoms to worsen (flare-ups)?
Triggers are those things that cause asthma symptoms to get worse or asthma flare-ups. Each child has different triggers. A very important part of asthma management is identifying and then trying to avoid triggers. Asthma triggers include:
- Allergens, such as pollen, dust and pets.
- Upper respiratory infections, such as colds or the flu.
- Inhaled irritants, such as secondhand smoke.
- Certain weather conditions, such as cold air.
- Exercise or physical activity.
- Emotion, such as crying, laughing or yelling.
Please, feel free to contact us with any questions. We are ready to help.