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BREATHE EASIER:
REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL ASTHMA TRIGGERS

We do not know why some people have asthma, but we do know that "triggers" can cause an asthma attack.  Though asthma triggers are different for each person, there are some very common triggers found in many homes.    

Asthma Triggers

  • Asthma triggers are allergens and irritants that, when breathed in, may cause lungs to react badly.  Common types of triggers found in Thurston County include dust mites, mold, odors, fumes, and pets. 
  • Asthma triggers are allergens and irritants that, when breathed in, may cause lungs to react badly.  Common types of triggers found in Thurston County include dust mites, mold, odors, fumes, and pets. 
  • Health care professionals can help you find ways to better manage asthma, but there are also many things you can do on your own that make a difference.
  • Triggers can make asthma attacks happen more often. Triggers can also make it more difficult to manage the way asthma makes you feel each day.

Do Something About Triggers

About 60 children are hospitalized for an asthma attack or complication every year in Thurston County.  Did you know that conditions in your home such as dust, mold, pets, and odor could be triggering some of your children’s asthma attacks? 

The Home Environmental Assessment List™ helps people identify conditions in their homes that may be triggering asthma attacks. To request a Do-It-Yourself Home Environmental Assessment List (HEAL©), please call (360) 867-2674.

Click on the link below for:
Asthma trigger list room by room
 [PDF]

More Resources

To get more information on cleaning, controlling, and removing mold contact Thurston County Public Health & Social Services: (360) 867-2568.  

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This page last updated: 01/30/14