3. Stress and emotional triggers
Finally, asthma can lead to emotional problems, such as depression and anxiety, and can also be triggered or worsened by stress. Living with a chronic condition can be overwhelming and difficult to manage, and it is important to have a good support system to help reduce stress. Otherwise, it can become another trigger.
Emotionally, stress is associated with immune system modulation and can trigger or worsen allergies of all types, and that includes asthma. That’s why asthma flare-ups can also start after an episode of intense stress.
Talking to a doctor or therapist can help patients learn coping strategies and healthy ways to manage their condition. For instance, you can use mindfulness and meditation techniques to improve your tolerance to changing situations. Therapy can also help when you have more profound causes of stress and anxiety.