25 Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Health
Stress seems to exacerbate asthma in people who have the lung condition.
In one study, children who experienced severe stress such as the death of a loved one had a nearly two-fold increase in the risk of an asthma attack over the following two weeks compared to those not under stress.
Researchers aren't sure why, but stress may amplify the immune response to asthma triggers such as pollen, animal dander, or dust.
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