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Asthma Triggers: Gain Control

Chemical Irritants

picture of spray bottles depicting the asthma trigger Chemical Irritants

About chemical irritants and asthma

Chemical irritants are found in some products in your house and may trigger asthma. Your asthma or your child's asthma may be worse around products such as cleaners, paints, adhesives, pesticides, cosmetics or air fresheners. Chemical irritants are also present in schools and can be found in commonly used cleaning supplies and educational kits.

Chemical irritants may exacerbate asthma. At sufficient concentrations in the air, many products can trigger a reaction.

Environmental Asthma Triggers

For all EPA asthma resources and publications, visit the Publications webpage.

Actions you can take

If you find that your asthma or your child's asthma gets worse when you use a certain product, consider trying different products.

If you must use a product, then you should:

  • Make sure your child is not around.
  • Open windows or doors, or use an exhaust fan.
  • Always follow the instructions on the product label.

Additional resources

Develop an Asthma Action Plan

Asthma Action Plan

(PDF, 2 pp, 124 K, About PDF) En Español

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