precipitating factor

precipitating factor

[-sip′itā′ting]
an element that causes or contributes to the occurrence of a disorder.

precipitating factor,

n the catalyst for an illness, symptom, or episode. This may not be the underlying cause of the illness, rather it is what elicits it. Also called
provoking factor. See also aggravation, modality, and therapeutic aggravation.

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Q. What is the ingredient in perfume or Cologne that will trigger an asthma attack? There is something in cologne/perfume that's not in body spray that triggers my asthma. I went out with a friend and he had on cologne and my asthma starting bothering me. Before going out my asthma hadn't bothered me in months because I stay away from things that may trigger an attack. This often happens with other things like bleach, ajax or any bad odor

A. Anything that irritates the nose and bronchi can cause an attack. No one really knows why...but it does. Cigarettes and pollution are common cause also.

Q. how can these trigger his episodes and what exactly has happened to him? My son is a bipolar patient. We took him to the doctor as his manic episode has started again. This episode was a high one as compared to his previous episodes. Previous episodes used to get triggered due to his work related stress. He keeps himself in routine which makes his life comfortable. Recently he went on a vacation with his colleagues. Once he was back I found his condition was worse and soon his episodes started again. His regular medicines were not of any help. So I took him to the doctor. His medicines were not changed except a new one was added. Doctor had told to reduce on any stress as much as possible. Strictly he has been told to reduce on anything which triggers stress like coffee, tea, high sugar intake, on cigarettes as well. How can these trigger his episodes and what exactly has happened to him?

A. Depending on the type of vacation he took it is possible that he drank a lot of alcohol which interfears with the effectivness of his medications. It is also probable that he did not keep the routine that he is on while on his vacation. If it was a tropical vacationhe could have spent mornings drinking coffee waking up from late nights. There are so many possibilities. Now that he is home he can begin his routine again, take his medications as perscribed and you will see that the episode passes. I hope that for you and your son the episode passes quickly and without too much damage.

Q. what is the difference between tender points and trigger points. I read somewhere in the net that there are two points called tender and trigger points which are one of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Is that true? If so what is the difference between tender points and trigger points?

A. What you have read about tender and trigger points are true. A tender point hurts to the touch and causes some degree of pain in that area, while a trigger point may not necessarily be painful to the touch but causes a degree of pain to be felt in another area. Fibromyalgia patients typically have a number of tender points and, according to the American College of Rheumatology, the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia stipulates that an FMS sufferer should have pain upon palpation (i.e. touch) in eleven of the generally accepted eighteen tender points. A tender point is verified in a physical examination in which approximately nine pounds of pressure are applied by touch and the patient acknowledges that pain is felt.

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