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If you’ve been living with symptoms of asthma even for a short period of time, it’s still important to seek asthma help. You can get asthma help from experts such as your doctor or an asthma specialist and from other people who have asthma.

The repeated bouts of congestion, wheezing, and gasping for breath can cause anyone to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even defeated. Living with asthma symptoms can result in tremendous stress. Likewise, added stress can trigger asthma symptoms. So where do you turn for asthma support and help?

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We can give you some asthma help so that living with asthma is easier and you are able to have an active life, doing the things you enjoy, including exercising with asthma. Here are some health topics for living with asthma.

Stress and Asthma

Although stress does not cause asthma, stress and asthma are definitely linked. Asthma causes stress, and stress makes it more difficult to control asthma. Even daily stress can make your asthma symptoms worsen. Learning to change your stress response to decrease your asthma symptoms is important. Equally important is prioritizing your daily schedule so you allow enough time to accomplish what you need to do without feeling pressured or overwhelmed.

The longer breathing problems go uncontrolled, the more likely you’ll notice the signs caused by stress. This can make it more difficult to breathe and create even further problems, including:

  • Difficulty sleeping or nocturnal asthma, leading to constant fatigue
  • Inability to exercise or exercise-induced asthma, leading to poor aerobic and physical fitness
  • Difficulty concentrating, leading to poor performance
  • Increased irritability from lack of sleep or asthma drug side effects
  • Withdrawal from favorite activities because of lack of energy or inability to do them
  • Changes in appetite because of medications
  • Feelings of depression

There’s a better way to live with asthma and prevent asthma symptoms. Learn all about stress and your stress response. Set goals to manage your stress in a way that’s healthy and not detrimental to your breathing.

For more information, see WebMD's article on Stress and Asthma.

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