Many of the same triggers for CAID can also prompt an asthma attack. Sinus disease is now recognized as a leading factor in respiratory illnesses and is known to actually worsen asthma. The sinuses are the filters that clean the air we breathe: It, therefore, makes sense that breathing dirty air will irritate the lungs. Postnasal drip alone is a common cause of asthmatic flare-up leading to wheezing.
Asthma also tends to occur with people who can’t breathe through their nose because of constant blockage. For example, people with nasal polyps often suffer
from asthma. But in the worst-case scenario, these people suffer from nasal polyps, asthma, and allergy to aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin. This disease process with the triad of symptoms is called Samter’s triad, or triad asthma.
An asthma attack can also be triggered by many of the same irritants that affect CAID sufferers. Smoke, pollution, allergens (environmental as well as food), chemicals, and particular scents are all culprits, as well as infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease/laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (GERD/LPRD) is also connected to asthma. Acid reflux from the stomach can enter the lungs when the muscle that normally closes the passage between the esophagus and the stomach is relaxed. When a person lies down, the acid can pass through this juncture and into the esophagus and into the windpipe (trachea). In the windpipe, irritation by the reflux causes the contraction of the bronchial muscles, which begins the asthma attack.
Your allergies can trigger your asthma as a symptom, just the same way as they make your eyes water or nose run. However, asthma symptoms are far more dangerous than your typical runny nose. I have seen mild to no allergies in people with severe asthma and I have seen severe allergies with minimal or no asthma in others.
Jay is a 25-year-old patient of mine who tested negative to allergies, yet he suffers from chronic sinus infections and asthma. Working together, Jay and I were able to determine that his CAID was causing his asthma to flare. When his sinuses flare his asthma flares; and as this happens, his GERD starts acting up. As the postnasal drip worsens, he starts wheezing, belching, and coughing. The good news is that when you treat your CAID symptoms regularly, you will find that you can also keep your asthma and GERD under control. Once I started Jay on the right regimen of holistic and prescriptive treatments, he was feeling better and breathing much easier.