Brittle Asthma

General Data on Brittle Asthma

The first mention of Brittle Asthma was in the late nineteen seventies. It is a type of asthma that is uncommon. It is more prevalent in females than males.

These patients have chaotic patterns of peak flow. This varies at any time of the day or night, even after nebulising such irregularities still happen. Sadly a severe attack could end in death.

It is unknown why or how people contract Brittle Asthma, whether it is being exposed to animals/dust mites or whether their problem is with eating food that is harmful to them.

What are the signs of Brittle Asthma?

Brittle Asthma has no respect for age, hitting people as young as 15 years old through to people in their 50’s.

Due to the severity of brittle asthma and the suddenness of it sufferers often find themselves being hospitalised on a regular basis.

The medication given to those suffering from brittle asthma often has side effects, i.e. weight gain, also disruptive sleep patterns and Oesophageal Reflux (this is when products of digestion leak back from the stomach into the food pipe and sometimes into the mouth. This is painful and damages the lining of the oesophagus, making it sore).


Some of the foods that people with brittle asthma should avoid are: all dairy products, eggs, fish, wheat (in any form) as well as citrus fruits. This allergy varies from person to person.


Some of the animals that patients should avoid are cats, dogs, horses and dust mites can also trigger an attack. Of course avoiding animals can be very distressing for patients with pets.

Patients with brittle asthma can be treated with subcutaneous infusion. This is a long term treatment. Along with this infusion some patients will need to nebulise. This does not cure the problem; it only helps the patient to breathe more easily.

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