Allergies and Asthma

Asthma Overview

Many people envision asthma as something that causes a person to experience short breath and general discomfort in the lungs and sinus cavities. Most times it is believed that this is a condition caused by some unknown autoimmune response but did you know that asthma can be caused by an allergic reaction? For some people, a reaction to dust and other triggers like pollen can cause allergies and rashes but for others, the allergen can lead to asthma attacks.

Some other triggers include pet dander and even some types of food. When a person suffers from an allergic reaction in the form of asthma it is called allergy-induced asthma. It all starts when the body mistakes a normal substance as a threat and in response, it releases antibodies to find and combine with the allergen. When this happens a person begins to experience shortness of breath, runny nose or in some cases itchy and red eyes.


Childhood Asthma

Most childhood cases of asthma are believed to be caused by allergic reactions to something. The most common causes are pollen, dust and mould. Another cause of the condition is exposure to cockroach faeces. Allergic asthma causes inflammation in the airwaves and thick mucus to form that causes breathing difficulties. The most common symptoms are coughing, wheezing, rapid breath and chest tightness.

Since it’s been discovered that people can suffer from asthma as a response to allergens some techniques have evolved to deal with the issue. For example, the use of allergy shots has now become commonplace to help people alleviate the symptoms of asthma experienced by someone who is having an allergic reaction. There are some other methods as well.


Allergens That Trigger Asthma

In most cases, an asthmatic reaction to an allergen is hereditary. For others, some conditions like Hay Fever, which is also the body’s response to fighting allergens, can become the basis of their asthmatic allergic reaction. Probably the best way to avoid this reaction is to stay away from the potential triggers. 

Preventing Asthmatic Reactions

This is easier said than done as there is no guarantee that you won’t be exposed at one point or another. Some of the things to be mindful of that you should stay away from include smoke, air pollution, strong fumes or scents, perfumes, air fresheners and cold air. 

These are just some common causes but it’s important that you find your trigger and work with a medical professional to isolate what it is and how to treat it. This may be the only way to avoid these uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous allergic reactions.