Allergies and Asthma

All too frequently, allergies and asthma occur together: compounding the symptoms and making life difficult for the millions of adults and children who suffer from the allergic asthma. This article will answer a few of the most basic questions that new patients and their families have, while also pointing out additional resources and potential treatments that could be of use.

What causes allergies?

Allergies are caused when the body comes into contact with harmless substances that provoke a strong reaction from the immune system. When you touch, inhale, or otherwise expose yourself to the allergens that trigger your symptoms, your own immune system causes your allergic symptoms in an overly-zealous attempt to protect you!

What causes asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that is believed to be caused by a convergence of genetic and environmental factors. It can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, and shortness of breath–and it can even lead to the development of respiratory infections. Asthma symptoms are most common in children, but for many adults the condition continues affecting them throughout their lives.

What is allergic asthma?

Stated simply, allergic asthma refers to asthma symptoms that are worsened by exposure specific allergenic triggers. Because the person suffering from asthma is also allergic to certain substances, the allergy symptoms that he or she experiences can help lead to a full-blown asthma attack.

How can I tell if I have allergic asthma?

If you are asthmatic and seem to experience a worsening of your symptoms whenever you are exposed to certain conditions (be it seasonal weather changes, animals, humid locations, etc.) you may be an allergic asthmatic. However, the only way to know for sure is to be diagnosed by a doctor: a crucial step towards receiving proper treatment, as well. The bottom line is that if you experience difficulty breathing or other severe respiratory symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible in order to receive professional diagnosis and treatment.

How is allergic asthma treated?

For severe cases of allergic asthma, daily medication (such as montelukast pills) may be necessary in order to regulate the chemicals released by the immune system. Other options include allergy shots and anti-immunoglobulin therapy. Most asthmatics are also advised to carry an inhaler containing medication that can help treat an asthma attack: this, like all of the treatment options listed above, is ultimately something that you will need to discuss with your physician. For mild to moderate allergy symptoms, an over the counter medication may also play a role in treating and controlling your symptoms.

What are the most common triggers of allergic asthma?

The most common triggers of allergic asthma include dust mites, mold, seasonal pollen, cockroaches, and pets. As you learn your triggers and begin to avoid them, you may see your symptoms begin to improve.

Where can I learn more?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a great resource, as is the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. For more information on allergy symptoms and the over-the-counter medications that can help control them, visit DayClear® online today!