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5 Unlikely Causes of Asthma Attacks

Posted in Personal Health 05 Mar, 2015

Asthma is a long term condition that affects the airways (bronchioles). If irritants are inhaled or ingested they can cause inflammation and thereby contraction of the airways making it harder for the person to breathe. Symptoms that follow this often include wheezing, coughing and chest tightness whereby a reliever inhaler may be required to alleviate the symptoms, although that can depend on the extent and severity of this can vary from person to person.

It is not known exactly why people get asthma, although it is said that environmental factors play a big part. It is wise to discuss your asthma triggers and ways to manage and avoid these with your doctor. Sometimes you may be unable to react properly to symptoms and an asthma attack may occur. Below is a list of five unlikely causes of asthma attacks as well on advice on how you can manage them.

Celebrating at a sports event

It is well known that emotions can play a major part in triggering asthma symptoms. The excitement of being at a sporting event, cheering, the anxiety can all put a strain on the neurological and cardiovascular organs with increased heart rate and breathing being possible triggers. If you feel that this applies to you, it is best to try and stay relaxed when you feel an excitable moment is coming, always keep your inhaler medication at hand, and try to stay optimistic when you're feeling anxious.

Getting busy with your partner

Performing in sexual activity with a partner is similar to other physical activities as it increases the heart rate, uses energy and increases your breathing. For some, sex can trigger an asthma attack and it is best for those people to approach it as they would any other exercise. Keeping an inhaler close by is always useful in case you need to use… it as unsexy as it sounds. Also, using a short acting-bronchodilator around 10 or 15 minutes before could help prevent the symptoms you may be worried about.

Attending a funeral

This may seem like a very odd cause, especially given the sensitivity of the event, but with most funerals being held at open graveyard sites it is possible for an asthma attack to occur. Being in an open park-like setting increases the likelihood of being surrounded by grass, flowers and trees, all of which produce pollen. Pollen contains proteins and may cause the immune system to release a substance called histamine. This causes an inflammation of the lungs and sinuses making asthma symptoms worse. You can manage this possibility by ensuring you manage your asthma well and using your preventer inhaler before going out. It is also recommended to use antihistamine medication to help reduce the effect of the asthma symptoms.

Sleeping on your new featherbed

To have a comfortable, soft bed at the end of the day to sleep in is what most people dream of, but trying out your new top-of-the-range ultra soft featherbed could actually have the opposite effect and might keep you up all night. Feathers are known irritants, especially for those that suffer from asthma, and as some may be unaware of the bedding material used, getting under your duvet may actually start the onset of a surprise asthma attack. Allergy free bedding is a handy alternative to feather options with many that are available chemical-free and dust mite proof.

Drinking in your local pub

It is reported that certain alcoholic drinks can worsen asthma symptoms and increase the risk of an attack. It is mainly said to occur with the consumption of red wine or beer and caused by the sulphites found in those alcoholic beverages. Sulphites work as preservatives in foods and wine and beer, they release a gas (sulphur dioxide) that is an irritant and can cause the airways to constrict and become inflamed. The best way to manage this is to understand what drinks in particular bring about the symptoms and to avoid these in the future. It is also worth having a review with your doctor to ensure that your alcohol consumption doesn't aggravate your symptoms any further.

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