Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

We can help with the following allergy and asthma symptoms:

  • Asthma – Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs, making it hard to breathe freely.
  • Wheezing & coughing – Wheezing and coughing are two common allergy and asthma symptoms.
  • Shortness of breath – Shortness of breath, typically caused by narrowing of the airways in asthma, can make breathing difficult.
  • Chest Tightness – Chest tightness is a symptom of asthma that occurs when the airways tighten or fill with mucus.
  • Hay Fever – Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction toward one or more indoor or outdoor allergens, such as mold spores, grasses, dust mites, pet dander or pollen.
  • Hives – Hives are red- or skin-colored swollen welts on the skin that can be triggered by an allergen, such as insect stings, pollen or poison ivy.
  • Eczema – Eczema causes dry, itchy skin and rashes on the body, particularly on the face, hands, feet and inside the elbows. Although the cause of eczema is not known, food and environmental allergens may trigger outbreaks.
  • Food Allergies – Food allergies are triggered when your body’s immune system overreacts to a substance in certain foods, treating it as a dangerous enemy and sending chemicals to fight it.
  • Insect and Drug Allergies – Insect and drug allergies can present many of the same symptoms: swelling of the lips, tongue or throat; skin rashes or hives; trouble breathing; dizziness; stomach pain; vomiting; and diarrhea.
  • Sinusitis – Sinusitis, often triggered by allergies, is caused by inflamed sinuses.
  • Congestion – Congestion of the nose is one of the most bothersome of allergy symptoms, as it causes a runny or stuffy nose and difficulty breathing.
  • Post Nasal Drip – Post-nasal drip occurs when your body produces more mucus than normal, the excess running down the back of your throat. There are many causes of post nasal drip, including allergies, flu and sinusitis.
  • Headache – Headache is a pain anywhere on the head that can range from mild to severe, throbbing to aching, stabbing to dull.
  • Facial Pain – Facial pain is usually harmless, if a bit distracting and distressing, and is typically caused by headache, toothache or the sinus pressure of seasonal allergies.
  • Persistent Cough – Persistent cough is one that lasts for at least eight weeks. Although you might fear a more serious condition, the most common reason for a persistent cough is post-nasal drip from seasonal allergies and sinusitis.
  • Sore throat – Sore throat is any irritation to the throat, including pain and itchiness, and is a common allergy symptom.

5 Allergy and Asthma Triggers That Can Ruin Your Summer

5 Allergy and Asthma Triggers That Can Ruin Your Summer

Summer sends an invitation to get outdoors, but if you suffer from allergies or asthma, it’s not so easy to RSVP “yes.” A whiff of pollen can translate to watery eyes and wheezing, ruining an otherwise delightful day in the park. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat or avoid these five common triggers before they spoil your summer.

1. Mold

Mold grows quickly in high humidity, so it often thrives in late summer. While not all types of mold will trigger allergic reactions like coughing and shortness of breath, alternaria, aspergillus, cladosporium and penicillium are common culprits for summer breathing issues. If mold is triggering your allergies or asthma, keep windows closed and stay indoors when mold counts are high.

2. Bees and Wasps

Another allergy that can sneak up on you is a reaction to stinging insects. If you’re allergic to bees, wasps or hornets, you can experience some pretty scary symptoms when you get stung. Swelling of the face or throat, problems breathing and hives are some of the most common ways to tell you have an allergy. You can avoid stings by wearing long sleeves and avoiding perfume and bright colors. Your doctor may prescribe an epinephrine shot, sometimes called an epi-pen, to carry around just in case.

3. Grass Pollen

High pollen counts can spell disaster for easy breathing when you have allergies and asthma. Some of the grasses that trigger allergies in the summer include red top grass, orchard grass, Bermuda grass and bluegrass. Watch pollen counts and avoid grassy areas when the numbers are high. Staying inside on windy days is another strategy for avoiding an attack.

4. Summer Fruits

If you suffer from grass pollen allergies, you may also notice symptoms when you eat summer fruits. Apples, peaches, cherries, pears, mangoes and other summer fruits can create a cross-pollen effect and induce an allergic reaction. This is often called “oral allergy syndrome.” Symptoms are typically mild and non-dangerous, but you should avoid the offending fruits if they cause serious problems. A doctor can also give you an allergy prick test to determine which fruits you are allergic to.

5. Bonfire Smoke

Making s’mores around the bonfire is a great social bonding experience, but the smoke can trigger a serious asthma attack. If you want to participate in the fun but know that smoke hinders your breathing, be sure to sit upwind and away from the fire.

Hit with the summer blues from allergies or asthma? Visit allergyandasthmasanjose.com to learn more about ways to battle your symptoms.


Sources:

  • http://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies
  • https://www.careworkshealth.com/blog/top-5-causes-of-summer-allergies/
  • http://copingmag.com/ana/index.php/feature_article/5_surprising_summer_allergy_and_asthma_triggers
  • https://www.verywell.com/summertime-allergy-induced-asthma-200558
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mold-allergy/symptoms-causes/dxc-20200846

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