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Trigger control to enhance asthma management

INTRODUCTION

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by airway obstruction, inflammation, and hyperresponsiveness [1]. Identifying and avoiding asthma "triggers" is essential in preventing asthma flare-ups. Although "triggers" are often thought of as airborne agents that can bring on an attack, there are a variety of exposures that can cause or exacerbate symptoms, including the following categories of stimuli [1]:

Inhaled allergens

Respiratory infections

Inhaled respiratory irritants (including tobacco smoke and cold dry air)

Hormonal fluctuations

                        

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