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Does stress affect my eosinophilic asthma flare-ups and treatment?

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Too much tension and anxiety can lead to higher eosinophilic inflammation in your lungs. This can bring on symptoms like shortness of breath and make them feel worse.

It�s not clear whether poor sleep makes asthma worse. But it can sap your energy and make it harder to manage stress, too.

If your treatment doesn�t control your condition well, you may not sleep well. This can raise your chances of having sleep apnea, which can lead to high inflammation in your airways.

To help manage stress, get exercise and have good sleep habits: Set a regular bedtime. Turn off the TV and electronic devices when it�s time to rest. Cut back on caffeine. Don�t nap if it keeps you awake all night.

SOURCES:

David G. Hill, MD, pulmonologist, Waterbury Pulmonary Associates, Waterbury, CT; national board member, American Lung Association

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Eosinophilia.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy : “Diagnosis and Management of Eosinophilic Asthma: A U.S. Perspective.”

National Jewish Health: “FAQs on Inhaled Steroids for Asthma.”

Journal of Clinical Medicine : “Severe Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Current Opinions in Pulmonary Medicine : “Asthma in Smokers: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Electronic Medicines Compendium: “Fasenra 30 mg solution for injection in prefilled syringe.”

Nutrients : “Diet and Asthma: Is It Time to Adapt Our Message?”

CDC: “Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Being Active With Asthma.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Stress and Asthma.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Asthma and Sleep.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Eosinophilic Asthma Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps Appear Highly Responsive to Reslizumab.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on January 24, 2020

SOURCES:

David G. Hill, MD, pulmonologist, Waterbury Pulmonary Associates, Waterbury, CT; national board member, American Lung Association

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Eosinophilia.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy : “Diagnosis and Management of Eosinophilic Asthma: A U.S. Perspective.”

National Jewish Health: “FAQs on Inhaled Steroids for Asthma.”

Journal of Clinical Medicine : “Severe Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Current Opinions in Pulmonary Medicine : “Asthma in Smokers: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Electronic Medicines Compendium: “Fasenra 30 mg solution for injection in prefilled syringe.”

Nutrients : “Diet and Asthma: Is It Time to Adapt Our Message?”

CDC: “Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Being Active With Asthma.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Stress and Asthma.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Asthma and Sleep.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Eosinophilic Asthma Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps Appear Highly Responsive to Reslizumab.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on January 24, 2020

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