Do allergies cause asthma?
Allergies don’t cause asthma, but the two are related.
Children with allergies may develop asthma.
Not everyone with allergies develops asthma.
Children whose families have history with allergies and asthma are likely to suffer from allergies and/or asthma.
In other words, the variables are numerous and nothing is set in stone.
Asthma vs. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) .
There are common symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath, when wheezing and tightness of chest are acute it’s asthma. Asthmatic patients are more likely to present in conjunction allergic rhinitis or eczema (atopic dermatitis). Smoking is a trigger for COPD, asthma can affect smokers and non-smokers. Patients with COPD can also have asthma (see n. 3) . How to recognize and treat? Visit an allergist.
Asthma and smoking.
Roughly 25% of asthma sufferers are cigarette smokers or former. Symptoms are worst, poorer control, higher number of unscheduled healthcare visits, including ER. If there was the need of another reason to stop smoking or never start.
Childhood asthma and treatments.
Children develop asthma before turning 5.
Common symptoms are coughing (it may worsen at night), wheezing, uncomfortably tight chest, frequent bronchitis, a cold that lasts more than usual.
How to recognize the symptoms of an asthma attack: trouble with breathing, stomach sucked-in under the ribs in attempt to inhale, trouble with speaking.
Diagnosis: it can be tricky for similarity of symptoms with common colds. If symptoms are constant and severe, consult an asthma specialist, use medications with precision and diligence, compile an Asthma Action Plan to track results. (see below).
What’s an Asthma Action Plan?
It’s a written tool redacted by the specialist that outlines and tracks the progress of a child’s asthma with symptoms, list of medications, progress. It is a document that will help keep asthma flare-ups under control. It is usually made to be shared with school teachers, care takers, sport coaches.
Sprirometry is also called pulmonary function test, is a breathing test that helps calculate the amount of air that flows in and out of your lungs when breathing.
It helps diagnosing asthma.
Avoiding the test poses the risk of taking the wrong medications that do not treat your condition.
Many conditions have the same symptoms as asthma and the first step to take when you have asthma-like symptoms is the right diagnosis.
How to prevent asthma?
The best way to prevent an asthma attack is to avoid the trigger. In other words, after detecting what is the culprit of your condition, the number one preventative measure to be adopted after 1. taking medications as prescribed and 2. following the asthma action plan, is 3. to limit and ideally reduce to zero any contact with the triggers. Let’s say for example pollen is your pesky enemy, your best choices will be
Mold and dust mites are recurring in South Florida.
Keeping mold at bay in the house equals with
As for dust mites the most common suggestions are:
Can I be treated for asthma, while I am being treated for allergies? Are medications and treatments separate?
Allergy-induced asthma is when the same substances that trigger your allergies cause also asthma symptoms.
Pet dander, dust mites and pollen are the most common causes of allergy symptoms whereas food allergies and eczema may also cause asthma symptoms. When your body reacts to an otherwise armless protein, it shows it with symptoms like runny nose, nasal congestion or eyes irritated in some people and shortness of breath or lung and airways construction in others.
There are a few medications that treat both allergies and asthma, but they may be prescribed together with other medications specific only to allergies or asthma. However the most important step to prevention and treatment is diagnosing, recognizing and avoiding the allergens.
Are there any medicines that can make asthma worst?
Asthma and home.
When you, or your child, have been diagnosed with asthma, a lot of thoughts and actions go into adapting the environment. Some preventative measures are:
Asthma and the outdoors.
If you or your child has asthma, it doesn’t mean you should avoid the outdoors, but there are outside conditions that are detriment and may worsen symptoms and quality of breathing. Smog, pollution, low-level ozone, car exhaust, and what’s commonly called particle pollution (mini-particles of smoke, dust and soot suspended in the air we breathe).