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What Causes Asthma? People Take Many Steps to Prevent Asthma Attacks Keeping a cleaner house and reducing exposure to cigarette smoke are the top two steps people take to avoid asthma attack triggers, according to a 2007 survey of adult asthma sufferers and parents of child asthma sufferers. Other steps commonly taken to reduce the chance of asthma attacks include spending less time outdoors and controlling household pets. Question: To reduce exposure to asthma symptom triggers, which of these, if any, have you done in your home?

I soon started having difficulty breathing whenever I played or exercised. My parents took me to the doctor, who said that I had asthma. Primary Source Quotes “ ” —Erica Fernandez, “Playing for Keeps,” Earth Island Journal, Winter 2008. Fernandez, 16, started suffering from asthma after moving from a farm in rural Mexico to the city of Oxnard, California. * Editor’s Note: While the definition of a primary source can be narrowly or broadly defined, for the purposes of Compact Research, a primary source consists of: 1) results of original research presented by an organization or researcher; 2) eyewitness accounts of events, personal experience, or work experience; 3) first-person editorials offering pundits’ opinions; 4) government officials presenting political plans and/or policies; 5) representatives of organizations presenting testimony or policy.

One alternative therapy that many asthma patients try is the Buteyko method, first developed by Russian physician Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950s. Buteyko believed that the lungs of asthma patients are affected during times when the patient is not undergoing distress. He called the condition “hidden hyperventilation,” meaning that asthma patients breathe in too much air. Normal lungs breathe in 4 to 6 liters of air per minute, but Buteyko found that asthma patients often breathe in 14 liters per minute.

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