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Hi Marisa I wondered if you could help me. Can asthma be caused by stress? Beca

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    benDB9posted 7 years ago

    Hi Marisa I wondered if you could help me. Can asthma be caused by stress?  Because until just...

    under a year ago I never experienced any asthma  symptoms, but prior to that I had been experiencing a LOT of anxiety - death in he family, then I became preoccupied with my own health and became a kind of hypochondriac, constantly worrying everyday about my health. I eventually reduced my anxiety levels, but then the asthma kicked in. It started with a little bit of breathlessness, but soon developed into full blown asthma attacks lasting about an hour each time, breathlessness, wheezing, then coughing up mucus afterwards. My doctor put me on Ventolin, but it did virtually nothing. I am now o

  2. kentuckyslone profile image85
    kentuckysloneposted 7 years ago

    As far as I know asthma isnt caused by stress BUT if a person has asthma stress can trigger it or make it worse

  3. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago

    I'm so sorry, I didn't notice this question.

    Asthma can't be caused by stress, but stress and tension can make existing asthma much worse. Perhaps you had a mild asthma all along and didn't notice it - if you've always been slightly out of breath, it just seems normal to you!

    However, Ventolin is very effective against asthma, IF you're using it correctly.  As I said in my article - you MUST wait a minute or two before taking the second puff, to give the first dose time to take effect.  Think of the first puff as a "primer", it's the second puff that does the real work.

    I've added a video to the article explaining correct technique for the Ventolin inhaler - please watch it and make sure you're doing it right.

    If you're doing everything right and Ventolin is having no impact on your wheezing attack, it's highly unlikely you have asthma. It must be something else.

  4. daisyf1305 profile image76
    daisyf1305posted 5 years ago

    Yes it can. Any doctor will tell you that stress could be a factor in an asthma attack.
    My nine year old suffers from asthma and school was stressing her out. When I decided to home-school her because it was becoming overwhelming, her asthma attacks were less recent.
    She goes to an astham and allergy specialist who also sent her to a child psychologist that adviced reading her anxiety away. (thank God we don't like pills in our family).
    So far she is doing better. We meditate, pray and read good books to keep those anxious monsters away.
    I am planning on starting a yoga class to teach her yoga. I have researched the exercise and it helps with many mental issues especially the world famous virus STRESS>
    Good Luck,
    Daisy Fabelo