Common Airway Irritants

What kinds of things can make your lungs feel worse?  Generally speaking , if you can smell it, stay away from it.

CHEMICAL

  • Cigar/cigarette smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Car/truck exhaust
  • Paint/paint thinners/resins
  • Hairspray/perfume/cologne
  • Cleaning fluid/ammonias/chlorides
  • Excessive dirt/dust
  • Room deodorizers
  • Sprays/aerosols
  • Fabric softeners

PHYSICAL

  • Infections  - Colds; Other Viruses; Bacterial Infections
  • Overexertion - Too much; Too fast; Too long
  • Weather - Too hot/cold; Too humid/dry; Too heavy
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic cough

EMOTIONAL

  • Panic/Fear
  • Anger/Frustration
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Excitement
  • Laughing too hard
  • Crying
  • Depression

ALLERGENS (MOST COMMON)

  • House dust/molds
  • Pollen
  • Some foods and preservatives
  • Animal dander

Page Last Updated: 17/06/2020