Scientists identify a new asthma trigger: sexual activity
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Can allergists help improve marriages by discussing sex as a possible trigger for asthma?
A recent study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky suggests that sexual activity may be a previously undiagnosed trigger for asthma attacks in people with asthma. People with asthma may not consider sexual activity as a possible cause of asthma flare-ups when considering forms of physical activity that could trigger their asthma.
“We wanted to investigate whether case studies of asthma exacerbations mentioned sexual activity as a possible cause,” said Ariel Leung, MD, an ACAAI member and lead author of the study. “A lot of people don’t realize that the energy expenditure involved in sexual activity is roughly equivalent to walking up two flights of stairs. Reported cases are rare, possibly because those suffering from an asthma attack may not recognize the trigger.”
The study collated available literature on sexual intercourse as an underdiagnosed trigger for asthma exacerbations. The authors searched the PUBMED database for a variety of keywords including “intercourse OR honeymoon asthma OR sexual behavior AND allergy OR allergic reaction”.
“Another possible reason for the underreporting of this condition is the intimate nature of the subject,” says allergist AM Aminian, MD, an ACAAI member and co-author of the study. “People may not feel comfortable talking to their allergist about an asthma attack caused by sex. However, allergists are specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of asthma. If anyone were able to show a patient how to avoid an asthma attack in the future, it would be their allergist. When asthma caused by sexual activity is properly identified and treated, allergists are better able to improve their patients’ quality of life.”
Reference: “How Allergists are Saving Marriages: A Review on Sexual Intercourse Presenting as Exercise-Induced Asthma” by Ariel Leung and AM Aminian, November 10, 2022, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.