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Stress can wreck havoc on your health. And if you have asthma, you no doubt know that stress can cause asthma symptoms. The signs and symptoms of stress range from the benign to the dramatic – from simply feeling tired at the end of the day to having a heart attack. Researchers estimate that 75 percent to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for complaints and conditions that are, in some way, related to stress. And every week, approximately 112 million people take some form of medication for stress-related symptoms. Combine stress and asthma, and the result can be shortness of breath, panic attacks, a feeling of anxiousness, and a whole lot of worrying. In short, when stress rears its ugly head and you have asthma, you may trigger an asthma attack.“Asthma can be set off by stress, but I am not sure that anyone fully understands why,” says Dr. Marjorie L. Slankard, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Ph...
Lots of snow piles for kids to play in, snowy hills for sledding, and sports such as skiing and ice skating are all things that make a long winter enjoyable for many. But if you have asthma, a long winter can increase exposure to winter asthma triggers, potentially making your asthma worse.
Nine of the most common winter asthma triggers are listed here, with some tips on how to control them.
1. Colds and flus : Spending all day inside with doors and windows closed, and the heat blaring, sets up a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Viral infections are the most common asthma triggers. The best way to prevent the spread of any contagious disease is frequent hand washing. It’s also a good idea to remind people to cover their mouths when they sneeze and cough.
2. Dry indoor air : Winter air, even while indoors, tends to be very dry, and inhaling dry air may irritate airway passages. It may also ...
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