The Symptoms And Advice For Living with Allergy Induced Asthma

There are many types of asthma, one of the most common types being allergy induced asthma (affecting 90% of people with asthma). This occurs when someone is exposed to something that their body has a hypersensitivity to (an allergen). The body turns to the production of histamines to try and eliminate the allergen from the body. Irritation and inflammation occurs in the lungs and bronchial passages from the histamines at work. The inflammation makes it difficult for the person to breathe, causing the allergy induced asthma. When this happens in children it is generally referred to as asthma extrinsic; usually due to everyday allergens (pet dander, mold, etc).

What Are the Common Allergy Induced Asthma Signs and Symptoms?

Wheezing:
this can cause a squeaky whistling sound when you breathe.
Breath Shortness:
In some instances, people with asthma feel as though they cannot catch their breath. The feelings of being out of breathe or like you cannot get the air out of your lungs can also occur.
Coughing:
This is usually worse in the early hours of the morning or late at night (which can make it difficult to sleep).
Tightness of the Chest:
When this occurs, you sometimes feel that someone is sitting or squeezing on your chest.

The common signs and symptoms will not be apparent for everyone. Also, showing signs of these symptoms does not mean that you have asthma. To obtain a proper diagnosis, you should take a lung function test, have a physical exam, and observe your family history on the matter.

What Causes Allergy Induced Asthma Signs and Symptoms to Occur?

There are many things that can flare up or trigger your allergy induced asthma. Your doctor can assist you in finding out with things will cause flare ups when you come in contact with them. It can also be worse in allergy season.

Some common triggers:

  • Common allergens such as dust, pet dander, mold, pollen, and grass.
  • Physical Activities
  • Irritants such as pollution, cigarette smoke, strong fragrances (perfume), or chemicals (hair spray).

There are many situations that can cause flare ups as well. Sinus infections, for example, can cause an unexpected asthma attack to occur or other allergies like a shrimp allergy can also trigger symptoms. If an attack is extremely violent, contact a doctor immediately for asthma emergency treatment. An asthma attack is not something you should take lightly – immediately seek help.

How to Treat Signs and Symptoms

There are three frequently used treatments for asthma: inhalers, herbs and plant supplements, and steroids.

Inhalers

Inhalers are the most frequently used treatment for allergy induced asthma. These devices are made from a canister and mouthpieces. The medicine is in the canister, which also has a metering dose valve to control the amount of medicine inhaled.

Steroids

Steroids are another form of treatment for asthma. However, the side effects are more numerous than inhalers. You must be very cautious when using steroids for treatment.

Herbs and Plant Supplements

The more natural approach to treatment for allergy induced asthma is the use of herbs or plant supplements. These are considered alternative therapies. They may interfere with the treatment prescribed to you by your doctor, so always check with your medical advisor before adding any alternative therapies to your health plan.

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