People who have asthma frequently also suffer from allergies. There is a close link between these conditions, and they can easily exacerbate each other. If you have asthma, your physician may focus on helping you control both asthma and allergy symptoms to prevent them from feeding off each other. Here is what you need to know.
Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, affecting 60% of asthma sufferers. With this kind of asthma, symptoms are triggered by an exposure to an allergen. There are many different potential triggers for allergic asthma, including:
- Dust mites
For people with allergic asthma, exposure to an allergen can cause the airways in the lungs to swell. This swelling can in turn cause an asthma attack to occur, for which sufferers may need to seek emergency care at a hospital.
Asthma and allergy symptoms
Allergies can be the cause of asthma symptoms, including shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and chronic cough. Continued to exposure to an allergic trigger can make these symptoms chronic, while occasional exposure to triggers can cause acute symptoms or flare-ups of symptoms.
Asthma symptoms can also make allergy symptoms worse. Allergies and asthma cause similar symptoms, so when they occur at the same time, the symptoms of each condition can be intensified. Similarly, the chest tightness and shortness of breath that occurs with asthma can make rhinitis and associated nasal membrane swelling that occurs with allergies feel worse.
Asthma and allergy management
For people with allergic asthma, managing both asthma and allergies is essential for symptom relief. Avoiding exposure to allergens as much as possible is the first step. Your physician may also provide medications for both chronic asthma and allergy symptoms and acute attacks that occur as symptoms flare up.
Managing asthma and allergies can involve a complex treatment plan, but Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. Our ER provides emergency care around the clock, so we’re ready when asthma attacks strike, and our providers cam help you create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. Contact our hospital in Riverside for a referral to a physician today by calling (951) 788-3463.