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Anxiety and Bronchial Asthma-By Edter

Anxiety and Bronchial Asthma-By Edter

Bronchial asthmaBronchial asthma is a life-threatening and distressful condition that can kill a person instantly. If this respiratory problem is unmanaged then its fatality can easily take away someone’s life. There are several factors that contribute to the development of asthma.

This includes stress-related scenarios. However, most people are curious about the threat of anxiety to cause bronchial asthma. Is being anxious predisposes a person to suffer from asthma? What is the relationship of a psychological phenomenon to the development of a physiologic problem?

These are just few questions that most people ask themselves about the predisposing factor of asthma. Below is the scientific explanation about the relationship of bronchial asthma and anxiety.

Can Anxiety Trigger Asthma?

Nobody could explain the etiologic background of anxiety causing asthma. Researchers from Nevada, USA believes that anxiety is not a factor that can trigger asthma. However, being anxious can worsen the attack.


If asthmatics feel anxious, their body responds by having several physiologic processes. Among these are:

  1. Muscular Constriction.Bronchial asthma The muscles constrict if a person is anxious especially if the degree is severe. This can affect the accessory muscles that support the abdomen and chest. If chest tightness can occur, it will limit the ability of the lungs to expand normally. As a result, minimal oxygen supply is distributed throughout the body that may lead to sudden respiratory distress.
  2. Hyperventilation. This respiratory phenomenon is characterized as difficulty and fast breathing (more than 25 cycles per minute). As a feedback mechanism of the body towards the insufficiency of oxygen supply, the brain creates impulses (nerve conduction) to power up the heart to fill in the lacking of supply. Excessive amount of oxygenated blood pumped out from the heart can trigger the lungs to perform hyperactively. As a result, hyperventilation can occur.
  3. Inflammation (swelling of the airway). inflammation swelling of the airway If an anxious asthmatic suffers from hyperventilation, the pressure within the airway is increasing. This can affect the resistance level of the smallest unit in the lungs (pneumocytes) to counteract the effect. If these cells begin to work hyperactively, it can precipitate the immune system to produce histamine. Eventually, this can trigger inflammatory responses in the body including the bronchial tubes and respiratory airway.

The threat of anxiety to people suffering from asthma is evitable. It means that there are possible therapeutic ways to prevent it. By implementing these measures to avoid anxiety, individuals living with asthma will be free from asthma attack.

How to Control Anxiousness?

The cornerstone of preventing anxiety is to stay calm and focus. Normally, people may face a lot of daily hurdles in their life. People are commonly exposed to stressful events but with proper coping mechanisms, anxiety can be evaded.

To do this, one should:

  1. Ventilate their feelings to an effective source of outlet. Talking to someone and expresses feeling that can cause anxiety is very therapeutic.
  2. Perform deep breathing exercises. This is not just effective for anxiousness but also, it is a therapeutic activity for the lungs.
  3. Listen to soft and soothing music. Avoid listening to upbeat and loud songs because this can worsen the anxiety level.

There are other effective ways to widen a person’s coping mechanism against anxiety. By following these recommendation, you can evade another factor that can worsen your bronchial asthma-By Edterchelle Soriano

In our next article we shall discuss about Steam Inhalation: A Homeopathic Treatment for Bronchial Asthma’

This site is presented for information only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice

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  1. Shelly Cole
    Shelly Cole06-20-2016

    It is EXTREMELY misleading and frankly irresponsible of you to make the statement that by controlling their anxiety and person can stave off asthma attacks! I have been dealing with this for 16 years! I have been fortunate enough to develop distraction techniques that allow me to stave off the anxiety. So when I have an asthma attack, I NEVER deal with anxiety or fear. But that sure as heck didn’t stop me from being in critical condition and intubated last week or any of the other NUMEROUS times that I was intubated and in fact have almost died on at least two, possibly three occasions! PLEASE! I know you mean well, but you MUST be careful saying things like that, because not everyone is as lucky as I have been in creating coping mechanisms! Frankly, someone could read what you’ve written and end up in more trouble because they berate themselves for being anxious and not being able to stop it! It could actually make it worse for someone! I do however agree 500% that the more you CAN stave off the anxiety and dial back the fear factor the healthier it is for you and you will be LESS likely to make it worse. Which is the only thing anxiety does, is make it worse! But it does NOT mean that you can stop it! Thanks though for your articles, I’ve read most of them and have VERY much enjoyed them!

    • Webmaster

      Hello Shelly Cole,

      Thank you for your concern on the article.
      You could be right on yourself with incurred experience.

      But the article was written on the author’s views based on the followings:-
      1) relationship of a psychological phenomenon
      2) on the development of a physiologic problem
      3) based on the scientific explanation about the relationship of bronchial asthma and anxiety
      4) in fact nobody could explain the etiologic background of anxiety causing asthma
      5) researchers believes that anxiety is not a factor that can trigger asthma. However, being anxious can worsen the attack
      6) it is also the authors point of view based on the researchers statistics

      Note: And the information only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.
      Thank you and thanks for the remaining compliments in the article from your view.


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