Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

Does stress trigger asthma?

Stress can definitely trigger asthma. In fact, any emotions – even laughter – can trigger asthma in some people. Crying or feeling excited can, too. If this happens to you, pay attention to your breathing to help avoid an asthma attack.

  • Breathe in slowly through your nose for two seconds, then breathe out through puckered lips for four seconds.
  • Picture something soothing to help you relax and breathe slower.
  • Take your daily medicine. It’s easy to forget when you’re stressed out.

Other triggers include cold air, allergies, smells (such as perfumes), smoke and exercise. If you have asthma, it’s important to know your triggers.

Dr. Reitz discusses stress and asthma.  Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Does Stress Trigger Asthma?

Stress can definitely trigger asthma. Asthma can have many triggers and so people should become aware of what their triggers are. Triggers can be anywhere from cold air, allergies can be a trigger for asthma, certain smells, exercise, emotional distress or physical stress.


Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine