What Is "Stress Induced Asthma"-what Causes It-why Does It Start?

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What Is "Stress Induced Asthma"-what Causes It-why Does It Start?

It only happens when an event occures that I would find traumatic and would normally cry-a big fight, a pet's unfortunate death. Never had this until a couple years ago. Very scary.

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Hello,

In reality, asthma is a condition of the airways, where they become inflamed and narrowed, sometimes having spasms. The most common cause of asthma is allergic, but some adults have asthma that is more related to other environmental causes. Stress, however, can not be a cause of asthma by itself.

However, if you already have asthma, no matter how mild, you may find that stress or emotional highs/lows is a trigger for asthma symptoms. The difference is that stress does not cause the underlying changes in the airways that signify asthma. But, it can irritate your already inflamed airways, setting off asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

And yes, an asthma attack can be quite frightening. Are you on medication for your asthma? Most people should be on some kind of daily or twice daily preventive, or controller medicine, often an inhaled steroid, as well as a rescue inhaler that can be taken when an asthma attack begins, if necessary.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about any concerns you have about your condition, OK?

Take care,

Kathi

Answered by Kathi MacNaughton