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Can stress trigger asthma?

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When stress rises, you may 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. Talk to your doctor or a professional counselor about ways to reduce your anxiety to better control your asthma.

From: Asthma, Anxiety, and Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:   American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy & Asthma Advocate" and "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." American Lung Association: "Lung HelpLine 1-800-LUNGUSA."   

 Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:   American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy & Asthma Advocate" and "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." American Lung Association: "Lung HelpLine 1-800-LUNGUSA."   

 Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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