How Does Stress Affect Asthma?

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We definitely think stress can have a role on asthma. Probably the most direct way that stress causes asthma exacerbation is through acid reflux, when patients are under stress, they have increased acid build up in their stomach, the reflux is when this acid in the stomach comes up into esophagus, and to the vocal codes and can irritate the airways.

This can trigger an acute asthma attacks in patients. For patients who do have asthma exacerbation through this mechanism, it's important to try to do stress reduction techniques. Some stress reduction techniques that might help prevent acid reflux and prevent asthma attacks, will be exercise, yoga, deep breathing exercises or even something just going for long walks.