The Relationship Between Allergies and Asthma
Find out why those diagnosed with allergies are commonly diagnosed with asthma and the triggers to stay away from
Over the years, we have seen that many people diagnosed with asthma also suffer from chronic allergies. The two chronic diseases share many of the same triggers and can even affect the onset attack of each other.
What is Asthma?
About one in three people in the US are diagnosed with chronic asthma – a condition that affects the body’s airways and breathing. Either the airways become inflamed or narrow. Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma. Most people are diagnosed with asthma in childhood and are provided with preventative measures like management plans and medicines to prevent a severe asthma attack, which can be deadly.
What are Allergies?
Allergic reactions occur when a harmless particle enters the body, and the immune system mistakenly misinterprets the particles as invaders. These attacked particles are called allergens. If a person comes in contact with an allergen, they may suffer an allergy attack. There is no cure for allergies, just tools for management, like an allergy shot. People can be diagnosed with any allergy at any stage of their life.
What is Allergic Asthma?
Sometimes during an allergic reaction, the lungs and airways are affected and tighten up. This allergic reaction may trigger your asthma symptoms to flare up, causing allergic asthma. This condition can be extremely dangerous as your body suffers from two severe attacks at once – asthma and allergy.
The Common Triggers of Allergic Asthma
- Animal Hair
- Dust Mites
What are the symptoms of Allergic Asthma?
The symptoms present are very similar to those of an asthma attack.
- Shortness of breath or the feeling of shallow breathing
- Frequent coughing
- Tightness in the chest area
Also, they may be accompanied by severe allergy symptoms.
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy and runny eyes
- A rash or hives on the skin
Because there is no treatment for allergic asthma, the best solution is to manage and control the symptoms. With the proper guidance from a certified physician, those with allergic asthma may be prompted to learn and minimize contact with triggers, take medication, or develop an action plan. It is impossible to prevent asthma, but minimizing contact with known allergens is a start.
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