How allergies and asthma are related is a counterintuitive question that, if answered, might help as many as 20 millions of Americans suffering from allergic asthma, most of whom go undetected or misdiagnosed.
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Asthma is a disease that affects the organs (airways) that bring oxygen in and out of the lungs. While regularly breathing, air goes in through the nose, reaches small sacks called “alveoli” at the bottom of air tubes where oxygen is retained and released to the lungs and carbon dioxide expelled.
An asthma “attack” takes place when the tubes are irritated by something like pollen or dust. Consequently, the tubes’ muscles tighten, the internal tissue swells and mucus is produced in excess: that’s when air doesn’t move easily anymore and it proves difficult to breathe regularly.
Asthma (most common) symptoms: cough, tightness of chest, wheezing, and pain.
→ What causes asthma: the same triggers of hay fever, like pet dander, pollen, and dust may also be the culprit of asthma.
An allergy is a reaction to an otherwise harmless substance like pet dander or tree pollen. The body’s antibodies “read” the protein contained in the allergen as an enemy and react to mistakenly protect the body.
An allergic reaction can be mild and resolve in a short period of time or be severe, need medications and in the most severe cases an ER visit.
Allergy (most common) symptoms: continuous nasal congestion, watery nose, itchy eyes and nose, skin reactions (hives). When lungs and airways are affected, asthma flares are to be expected.
→ What causes allergies: pet dander, dust, food like peanuts and eggs, mold, some minerals and medications.
It’s one type of asthma caused by allergies, specifically pollen, dust, pet dander and mold-spores. To diagnose allergic asthma you need to consult the right specialist, the allergist. Get tested for allergies, diagnosed and treated for allergies while being treated for asthma, control the environment and the occurrence of asthma flares will reduce in intensity and frequency.
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