Asthma and allergies may seem like two completely different medical conditions, but actually they often go hand-in-hand. Allergies affect the nose and sinuses, while asthma affects the lungs. But both essentially affect how we breathe. Oftentimes, the things that trigger allergies are the same things that trigger asthma attacks. This is known as allergic asthma. Keep reading to learn more about allergic asthma and what you can do to alleviate its symptoms. What is Allergic Asthma? Of the 20 million Americans that suffer from asthma, nearly half of them experience allergic asthma. This means that when they inhale allergens such as dust mites, pet dander or pollen, their body responds with an asthmatic reaction in addition to typical allergy symptoms. Instead of simply triggering a reaction in the sinuses, allergens will also cause passages in the airways of the lungs to become inflamed and swollen. Symptoms that are often associated with allergic asthma include:
- shortness of breath
Treating Allergic Asthma Like allergies, allergic asthma does not currently have a known cure. However there are a number of ways to treat and control symptoms and the allergens that cause them. If you believe you or someone in your family suffers from allergic asthma, it is very important to talk to your doctor or allergist about what you can do to manage asthma symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe medicine or an inhaler. They may also have other suggestions for controlling symptoms. Another way to prevent allergic asthma symptoms is to control the allergens that cause them in the first place. The most important place to do this is in your home. Some ways you can do this include:
- Protect Your Bedding - One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from indoor allergens is to keep protective allergen bedding on your mattress and pillows. This specially-made bedding will help create a protective layer to keep allergens from settling into the fibers of your mattress and pillows, keeping you from breathing in allergens while you sleep.
- Clean Often - Another great way to keep allergens at a minimum in your home is to keep a regular cleaning schedule. Vacuuming and dusting are the most effective measures for removing allergens.
- Stay Aware of Seasonal Allergens - Different seasons bring different allergens with them. During the spring and summer pollen often saturates the air. If you know that your or a family member’s allergic asthma is triggered by pollen, it’s best to avoid the outdoors and take measures inside the home to prevent it from entering.
Experiencing asthma symptoms on top of allergy symptoms can be uncomfortable and at times, even scary. We want to make sure you’re able to breathe easy, especially in your own home. What measures have you taken to alleviate the symptoms of allergic asthma?