The parents of a 9-year-old patient were informed by the nurse that asthma attacks may occur spontaneously or in response to a trigger. Which of the following common irritants might trigger an asthma attack?


•Common triggers of an asthma attack include dust mites, animal dander, mold, perfumes, allergens, infections, stress, exercise, chemicals, and smoke.

•Asthma is a chronic, obstructive airway disease characterized by inflammation and constriction of the airway. It is caused by a spasm of the bronchial tubes or the swelling of the bronchial mucosa after exposure to various stimuli.

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