Living with Asthma
Anxiety and Asthma
When stress creeps upward, you will notice an increase in anxiety and asthma symptoms. As the symptoms of asthma such as wheezing and coughing worsen, you become more anxious, and then your asthma symptoms worsen. Asthma and anxiety make for a vicious cycle and one that can spiral downward quickly. Learn about the connection between anxiety and asthma, and talk to your doctor or a professional counselor about ways to reduce your anxiety to better control your asthma.
Finding Support With Asthma
Finding support with asthma is important. The people around you -- family members, friends, co-workers -- can all give you support with asthma. These people should not only know what to do in case you have a severe asthma emergency, but they should also know that asthma can be controlled and managed. You can also find support with asthma through online organizations, such as the WebMD asthma message boards, support groups in your community, and by staying in touch with others who have asthma. Finding support with asthma can help alleviate some of the stress you might feel.
For more information, see WebMD's article on Asthma and Support.
Asthma and Smoking
Asthma and smoking do not belong together in any way. If you have asthma and smoke, talk openly with your doctor about ways to stop smoking. Not only does smoking increase your asthma symptoms -- coughing, increased mucus, and wheezing -- but smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema (another lung disease), heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, gum disease, and more. New drugs for smoking cessation are two to three times more effective than nicotine gum, but require a prescription. Stopping smoking will likely prolong your life, and you may need less medication to keep your asthma well controlled. Do it today!
For more detail, see WebMD’s article on Asthma and Smoking.
To find online support, go to WebMD’s Smoking Cessation Support Group.