Asthma can be triggered by acute prolonged stress. Many people unknowingly have asthma that is triggered by severe stress due to causes such as persistent work pressures in the office, relationship problems, or illness or death of a loved one. Asthma that is caused by regular work stress in the office is known as occupational asthma. This type of asthma is attributed to either stress or pollution that causes it in the work place.
When under acute prolonged stress, the body reacts negatively to it by producing asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and breathing difficulties. Stress also lowers the immune system that fights off diseases, and as such, makes the body even more vulnerable to illnesses. Asthma due to stress is a downward spiral, as the sickness itself causes even more anxiety and contributions to the worsening of the illness.
Pharmaceutical medicines do not really treat the source of the illness itself. It merely overcomes the symptoms, such as enlarging the air passage to enable the patient to breathe more freely, or antihistamines to stop the runny nose and wheezing. Long term use of antihistamines can be harmful to the body.
A full-fledged effort needs to be taken to put a stop to this downward spiral of work related asthma . For the sake of your health, you need to consciously remove yourself from stressful situations to give your body a break and enable it to recover. Of course, this is much easier said than done, because it is not easy to find someone else to take over your responsibilities, both at work and at home.
Take a long leave from work, sometimes a week or two, just to recuperate and allow your body to gain some strength. Supportive family members can come to your aid at this time, sometimes, to relieve you of home responsibilities for a while. Take a relaxing vacation, if your finances allow.
Of course these measures are temporary. When you return to work, the pressures will continue. You will need to find a way to deal with this on a long-term basis for the sake of your health. You may want to consider changing jobs, if the problem persists. Perhaps, allocating a little bit of time for yourself each day to relax and unwind would help.
If the asthmatic symptoms are only experienced in the work place, it could have due to other factors as well, other than stress. Perhaps, it could have due to indoor pollution.