What Are Triggers of Airway Hyperresponsiveness?
Triggers are defined as substances or events that bring on symptoms. They may include cigarette smoke, secondhand smoke, or environmental exposures to things like air pollution, harsh chemicals and even cold air or humidity.
What Symptoms Occur Due to Airway Hyperresponsiveness?
When your airways narrow, you are likely to experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- an increase in dyspnea, or shortness of breath
- coughing spells
- tightness in the chest
- pleuritic chest pain when taking a deep breath
What Should I Do If I Feel My Airways Narrowing?
The best relief for airway hyperresponsiveness comes when you use your rescue inhaler. It contains a bronchodilator that will help relax your constricted airways. You should also try to avoid triggers by limiting your exposure to noxious stimuli.
When Should I Call My Doctor?
Call your health care provider if your symptoms are unrelieved by a bronchodilator or get worse and you feel like you are unable to catch your breath.