What is Allergic Asthma?
Some of the same allergens that cause sneezing fits or runny noses cause asthma attacks as well. About 90% of children with asthma also suffer from allergies. The same goes for 50% of adults. The symptoms of allergic asthma usually occur after you breathe in allergens. It usually gets worse after exercising in cold air, breathing smoke, dust, fumes, or even a strong smell. Allergens are everywhere, so it’s crucial that those who have allergic asthma know their triggers and how to prevent attacks.
If you have this condition, your airways become extra sensitive to specific allergens. When they get into your body, your immune system overreacts, your airway muscles tighten, become inflamed, and fill with mucus over time.
Whether you suffer from allergic or non-allergic asthma, the symptoms are relatively similar. You’re likely to experience coughing and wheezing, your chest might feel tight, or you’ll feel short of breath. Rapid breathing is another common symptom of asthma of both varieties.
Allergens that are small enough to be breathed into your lungs cause the allergic asthma attacks we mentioned earlier. Still, other irritants can cause an asthma attack even if they don’t cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include pollen carried in the wind, mold spores or fragments, animal dander, dust mite feces, and cockroach feces. Irritants that could bring on an attack include smoke from various sources, air pollution, cold air, exercising in cold air, chemical odors or fumes that are noticeably strong, scented products like perfumes or air fresheners, and dusty rooms.
Here are some ways you can control the allergens around you to help prevent asthma attacks or allergic reactions:
- High pollen counts mean you stay inside. Keep the windows closed as well, and if it’s too hot, use an air conditioner with a clean air filter.
- Avoid dust mites. You can do this by using allergen-proof covers on furniture and pillows, washing your sheets and blankets once a week in hot water, and rid your home of areas where dust can collect, like heavy curtains and piles of clothing. If your child has allergic asthma, only buy washable stuffed animals.
- Prevent mold and cockroaches by keeping your kitchen and bathroom clean and dry.
- Be careful when working outside. You stir up pollen and mold when gardening or raking, so wear a HEPA filter mask while doing so.
You don’t have to suffer from the symptoms of your allergic asthma constantly. Make an appointment with the East Texas Sinus and Dizziness Center. Our experts can determine your triggers and prescribe the right treatment for you that will minimize your symptoms. Contact us today!