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Why does crying trigger an asthma attack?

Dec 2012
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Hi, can you kindly explain why crying triggers an asthma attack?
Posted Fri, 1 Feb 2013 in Asthma and Allergy
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 2 hours later

Thanks for posting your query

Crying simply triggers asthma attack because it is strongly associated with emotional stress which is a strong trigger of asthmatic crisis.

The mechanism by which strong negative emotions/crying triggering bronchospasms / bronchial constrictions is not yet understood by the medical community, but research by various authors has shown that asthma attack are usually very associated with people under emotional stress/crying.

Hope this helps.

Dr Nsah
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