Various triggers — materials in the air, such as smoke and pollution, as well as some respiratory infections — can cause asthma attacks.
Common asthma triggers and what you can do to address them:
Flu, colds, sinus infections and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause an attack.
During an asthma attack, the lungs and other parts of the upper respiratory system can react quickly to the trigger, causing airways to constrict and become obstructed. Difficulty breathing can occur in waves, with moments of relief between gasps for breath.
The specialists at Norton Children’s Pulmonology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, will use four levels of asthma to diagnose your child’s asthma and guide your child’s treatment: