Now who's most risk to experience one of
these nasty things we call bronchospasms?
Well clearly, ding ding ding ding ding! number
one winner, our patients with asthma or COPD,
Also patients with allergies, you hear them
start to wheeze when they're breathing into.
Now if you have a respiratory infection right along
with that, remember infection goes inflamed airways
Inflamed airway means things
are thicker, airway hole is smaller.
We talked about exercise and we can help patients if
that's really a trigger for bronchospasm for them,
we can give them an inhaled medication
about 15 minutes before they start their exercise
and then they should have
far less risk for bronchospasm.
Now you can also be exposed to things that
will immediately make your lungs bronchospasm
like there's some type of air irritant,
maybe it's some crazy fume, pollution
You know if you live in a certain countries
have significant air pollution on a regular day.
Maybe it's like super something, super
hot or super cold, whatever it is, I can
That's your body's way of saying like, "heck
no, we do not want that to go all the way down in",
so sometimes it's a protective response.
But we have medications such as antibiotics,
non-selective beta blockers, even aspirin or NSAIDS.
They could also cause a bronchospasm in
particular patients, not everybody but you know
if you're the one having the bronchospasm, you're not
so worried about the rest of the general population,
you're worried about your need to breathe.
Okay, so asthma or COPD - number one.
Allergies, respiratory infections, exercise
and then certain medications in certain people
can cause this bronchospasm response.