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Alcohol and Asthma

How Alcohol Affects Asthma

Asthma is a major cause of respiratory issues in adults.  And while treatment for this respiratory ailment is commonly treated by medication, often times a look at one’s diet or social life can uncover ways to improve asthmatic symptoms. Alcohol is one of these areas for improving your asthmatic health.

If you’re an adult and have noticed that your asthma symptoms get worse after drinking alcohol, know it’s not a coincidence. Many doctors argue that alcohol consumption can actually make asthma worse.  According to the American Lung Association, there are three major reasons why alcohol may be causing increase asthma discomfort:

  1. Stress

Emotional stress is a common trigger for asthma, and drinking alcohol can make stress even worse. Adults need to be aware of how alcohol consumption can affect their mood and stress levels, in order to manage their health when it comes to asthma attacks.

  1. Acid Reflux or GERD

Alcohol is a very common factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.  The reactions tend to be particularly dangerous for asthma patients because flare-ups can cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax which allow for reflux back into the esophagus, irritations to the airway and lungs are worsened, and these airways become even more sensitive to environmental conditions.

  1. Sulfites

This factor relates to a particular type of alcohol; if you’re a wine drinker, listen up.  Sulfites are added to wine to help maintain freshness. These sulfites have been known to cause asthma flare-ups so adults looking to avoid additional cause for attacks should monitor wine consumption.

Adults should always consult their physician about appropriate levels of alcohol consumption and asthma treatment. Aeroflow Healthcare’s respiratory team is ready to assist in respiratory treatment through the use of medical equipment as prescribed by your doctor. For more information, visit respiratory.aeroflowinc.com or call 888-345-1780.

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