Asthma affects people differently making it easy to manage for some people and difficult for others. The symptoms of asthma can get worse during exercise and any form of physical exertion. Alcohol is another of the factors that make asthma symptoms worse and may even trigger an asthma attack.
Alcohol contains sulfites and histamines which are thought to trigger asthma attacks. The histamines are produced by bacteria and yeast during the fermentation process. Sulfites are additives which are thought to cause allergic responses and people with asthma should avoid alcohol to prevent attacks.
Having taken note of these triggers, it is important to note that not all asthmatic people will experience the worsening of symptoms or the onset of asthma attacks when they consume alcohol.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
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