Sunday September 20, 2020

Medical Matters: Living with asthma

At a recent family function, I realised I hadn't bumped into my husband for a few hours.

23rd February, 2014
Dr Sinead Beirne is a GP in Dublin.

At a recent family function, I realised I hadn't bumped into my husband for a few hours. I finally caught up with him, and only then discovered he had been purposely avoiding me all night - my perfume had triggered his asthma, and he was trying to stay as far away from me as possible.

Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. We don't know why the inflammation occurs, but the process irritates the...

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