“The literature is sparse on sex as an asthma trigger,” said Dr. Jonathan Romeo, an allergist in Raleigh, N.C., who heads the ACAAI’s Asthma Committee.
This link isn’t surprising, he said.
“Any physical exertion has the potential to cause an asthma attack,” said Romeo, who was not involved in the new study.
If you have asthma, discuss potential triggers, including sex, with your partner, he advised.
“If the attacks still occur despite the use of your traditional prevention and control therapies, talk to your allergist about what else you can do,” Romeo said. “It’s a sensitive topic so most people just glaze over it, but having an open conversation with your allergist can help.”
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has more about exercise-induced asthma.
SOURCES: Ariel Leung, MD, chief internal medicine resident, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, Calif.; Jonathan Romeo, DO, allergist, Raleigh, N.C., and chairman, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Asthma Committee (ACAAI); presentation, ACAAI meeting, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10, 2022