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What can cause an asthma attack?

My father (age 61) has been rushed to the hospital twice within the past 6 months due to under going a severe asthma attack. They have checked his lungs, heart, and chest and continue to say that everything looks perfectly fine. Though this may be the case, it is unsettling not knowing exactly what can cause an attack and then his inhaler alone cannot fix this problem. Any advice or suggestions?
Asked On : Thu, 13 Mar 2014
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Hello.

Thank you for asking at HCM.

I went through your history and would like to reply you as follows:

1. Following can cause an asthma attack:

a. Allergy causing substances

b. Irritants in the air - dusts, smokes, air pollution, fumes, perfumes, etc etc

c. Cold air

d. Exercise

e. Some drugs such as Beta-blockers group, NSAIDs group (analgesics)

f. Psychological stress

g. Infections

2. From the above mentioned triggers, testing is available only for allergy causing substances. So I would suggest him allergy testing, which can help him identify the substances causing allergies.

3. If he is on any other long-term medications, please consult his doctor to know whether they can cause/trigger asthma attack.

4. Apart from avoiding the above triggers, I would suggest him regular breathing exercises which improve his lung capacity to benefit asthma.

Hope above suggestions will be helpful to him.

Should you have any further query, please feel free to ask at HCM.

Wish your father the best of the health.

Thank you & Regards.
Answered: Thu, 4 Sep 2014
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