What You Need to Know About Allergy-Induced Asthma

Allergy-induced asthma has brought about 90% average under the diagnostic of asthma sufferers. This type of asthma is one of the most common forms of asthma and occurs when someone is exposed to an allergen that their body has a sensitivity towards. Allergy-induced asthma triggers the excess production of histamines, which then try to kill off the “invader” in the body.

When your body releases histamines to fight off a foreign invader, allergic reactions occur. This is what causes irritation and/ or inflammation occurring in the bronchial passages which can make it quite difficult for the sufferer to breathe. This can cause many asthma signs and symptoms. If airways begin to close, you may want to seek asthma emergency treatment.
When a child suffers from allergy induced asthma, it is generally called asthma extrinsic; in other words the asthma is caused by external allergens. This is usually non- seasonal and triggered by items such as:
– Smoke Inhalation
– Dust
– Mold
– Damp weather
– Dry Air

Common Asthma Signs and Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath.
Sometimes individuals feel as if they cannot catch their breath or that they cannot get air out of their lungs properly.
  • Coughing
This is usually worse during early morning hours or late in the evening. This can also cause some difficulty sleeping.
  • Wheezing.
If you hear a squeaky or whistle like sound when you breathe, it could possibly be wheezing.
  • Chest Tightness.
This is a feeling of tenseness around your chest. Some describe it as feeling as though someone is sitting on your chest, making it harder for you to breathe.

Common Asthma Triggers

  • Physical Activity.
People who are prone to asthma attacks may have a harder time doing physical activities or exercises. They may become more easily winded and an asthma attack may occur.
  • Common Allergens.
Dust, mold, pet dander, grass, and mold are all common allergens that can cause a flare up to occur. These are hard to avoid, but if you notice an excess of dust or mold, try to keep away from it.
  • Lung Irritants.
There are many airborne irritants that can cause breathing difficulty for asthma victims. Things such as cigarette smoke, perfumes, chemicals, or pollution should be avoided.

Common Asthma Treatments

  • Inhalers
Inhalers are the mostly used medicine for treatment of any form of asthma. They are made of a two part system: a canister and a mouthpiece. The medicine to treat the asthma is held in the canister, while the mouthpiece aids in inhalation of the drug.
  • Herbs.
Herbs (or plant supplements) come in many forms and many types. These are considered an alternative medicine, and you should first check with your doctor before adding them to your medical plan. It is possible for them to interfere with your current medications, so double checking with a physician would be a smart choice.
  • Steroids.
Although steroids have the highest amount of side effects, they are frequently used for treatment. You should always use proper judgment and precautions when taking steroids and should only use them if they are recommended by a doctor.
All these symptoms, triggers and treatments may not be the identical for all. If you are not sure whether or not you have allergy induced asthma, consult a doctor for a diagnosis,which may include a lung function test, family history report, and/or a physical examination.