Asthma: Associated Conditions

Reviewed by David Tinkelman, MD

Pregnancy and Hormonal Changes
Some women with asthma have increased symptoms at a particular time during their menstrual cycle, such as pre-menstruation, or during pregnancy. This worsening results from a change in the balance of hormones that is occurring at that time. Your healthcare provider may adjust asthma medications during that time to reduce your symptoms. Read more about asthma and pregnancy.

Gastroesophageal Reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD, occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach flow back up into the esophagus. This stimulates a reflex that may cause asthma to worsen. Symptoms of heartburn and breathing difficulty at night can indicate GERD.

Vocal Cord Dysfunction
Vocal Cord Dysfunction may be mistaken for asthma. Learn what happens with Vocal Cord Dysfunction, how VCD is diagnosed, what triggers VCD symptoms, and how VCD is treated in Vocal Cord Dysfunction.

Chicken Pox Vaccine
Chickenpox (varicella) is one of the most common childhood viral diseases. Chickenpox is highly contagious and can now be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine

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