Allergies and asthma are health problems that often go hand-in-hand. The same triggers that cause allergy symptoms also often cause signs of asthma. This is called allergic asthma. Of the 20 million people that suffer from asthma, half of them suffer from allergic asthma. But how exactly does allergic asthma work? And how can Allergic Asthma symptoms be controlled? What is Allergic Asthma? Allergic Asthma is when a person’s airway is obstructed or inflamed due to an allergic reaction. Many people that suffer from allergies often show signs of allergic asthma as well. Allergy triggers such as inhaling dust mites, pollen, or pet dander will cause symptoms associated with asthma as well as the usual allergy symptoms. Asthma symptoms include: lungs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
What You Should Do If you have or suspect you have allergic asthma, the first thing you should do is consult with your doctor or allergist. He or she will be able to help you identify your triggers and prescribe medication or therapy that will help you with your symptoms. After you’ve consulted with your doctor, one of the most important things you can do to help prevent asthma symptoms is to avoid an initial allergic reaction. This can be done by avoiding allergy triggers. There are a number of steps you can take that will help you avoid allergens and keep your allergic asthma in check.
  • Use allergen protective bedding to help protect your bed against allergens. This will keep allergens, such as dust mites, from settling into your bed and pillows and triggering allergy and asthma symptoms while you sleep.
  • Be sure to wash bedding in hot water once a week to eliminate allergens. Consider using a hot-water washable pillow to ensure all of your bedding is allergen free.
  • Avoid using curtains and blinds that can collect dust. Consider window shades or washable curtains instead.
  • Limit carpeting and throw rugs in your home. Allergens can gather in the fibers of carpeting and rugs and get stirred up as people walk into a room, triggering allergies and asthma.
  • After being outside for longer periods of time, put your clothes in the wash and shower immediately to prevent any lingering pollen or allergens from being tracked through your home.
  • Clean and dust potential allergen problem areas daily in order to prevent large amounts of dust from settling in your home.