Grrr, stupid technology! I don't know why I can't turn the picture, I'll work on that and see if I can re-post it.
This article was in my Women's Day magazine
I'm always reading anything that talks about asthma, and this one had a few surprising things listed that most people don't know about. But they can cause asthma attacks (keep in mind that asthma is different for everyone-what may trigger an asthma attack in one person may not bother someone else)
Since you can't read sideways, I'll tell you what the article says:
- Acetaminophen. It's a pain killer that many people take, but the warning is that it lowers levels of glutathione. And glutathione can ease inflammation (swelling) in the lungs.
- Gas stoves. Fumes from gas stoves can irritate the airways. They suggest that when you are cooking, make sure there's some air flow in your kitchen by turning on a fan or opening a window.
- Candles and perfumes. Anything with a strong scent can cause coughing fits (I've actually had this happen to me once.) They suggest not spraying perfume in an enclosed area and choose unscented candles.
- Blood pressure and glaucoma medicine. Both have beta blockers, which the article says can cause your airway to constrict. And when you have asthma, you don't need your chest to feel any tighter.
If any of these seem to bother you, talk to your doctor. There are always other medications and things you can use that may not affect your asthma.
This article was written by Sakina Bajowala, MD, allergist, North Aurora, IL, and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI.)
AAAAI has a lot of good information, if you have more questions about your asthma, check out their website.
And sorry about having to read sideways, I'll try to get that fixed!