Allergies and Asthma: What’s the Connection?

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We’ve talked before about allergies often occurring alongside asthma and eczema. We know for a fact that individuals who have allergies as children are more likely to develop asthma. 

But what exactly is the connection between these two conditions? What causes a person with allergies to be more prone to asthma attacks throughout life?

Today, we’re examining the relationship between these two miserable conditions–and discussing ways you can avoid them both.

The Allergies-Asthma Connection

According to the Mayo Clinic, the same triggers for hay fever (pet dander, pollen, dust, certain perfumes) can trigger asthma symptoms. Allergy-induced asthma, in fact, is the most common type of asthma in the United States, accounting for about 60 percent of asthma cases.

Inhaled asthma triggers are the most common source of an asthma flare-up. 

The same reaction induced by allergens like dust mites and pollen can cause respiratory symptoms and asthma attacks.

Do You Have Trouble Breathing During Allergy Season?

Don’t discount your respiratory symptoms during allergy season. They could be signs of allergic asthma.

Many allergy sufferers assume that difficulty breathing is a normal symptom of allergies during spring and summer. They simply avoid going outside and hope that the issue goes away.

However, difficulty breathing is never a normal allergy symptom. You should visit an allergist immediately if respiratory issues have cropped up during allergy attacks; you could be dealing with allergic asthma.

There Are Ways to Treat Your Conditions

At Allergy and Asthma Center in San Jose, we believe in addressing allergy symptoms head-on, with a unique approach for each and every patient.

Our allergist will perform a full assessment of your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan that will provide relief for your allergies. He will also diagnose and treat any asthma-related symptoms you may have.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment and get on the road to better health–with your allergies and asthma under control.

Back-to-School Allergies: How Can You Deal?

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Mid-August to early September is the time when most kids, teens and college students are heading back to the classroom. It’s a big adjustment, with tons of new responsibilities. So how do you deal with school when you also have terrible allergies?

If you’re the parent of a child with allergies, you know how stressful school days can be. However, with the right preparation, you and your child can enjoy the school year and be confident in your allergy plan.

Learn the School’s Procedures

If your child is starting the school year at a new school, it’s important to get familiar with the school’s allergy-related procedures beforehand.

Fill out any requisite paperwork informing the school of your child’s allergies.

Ask questions about the process in place for allergic reactions. Is there a nurse on hand who could help your child in the event of an allergic reaction? Which allergic reactions is the nurse trained to treat? Will your child need to be transported to the hospital if he has an allergic reaction at school?

Make sure you provide multiple emergency phone numbers so you or a family member can be reached in the event of an allergic reaction.

Be Prepared

Make sure your child has a supply of allergy medication at his or her disposal while at school.

Whether it’s an epinephrine auto-injector, an extra inhaler for asthma attacks, or antihistamine, be sure the school has an adequate supply of medications for your child at all times.

Inform Teachers and Other Caregivers

Create an allergy response plan that you can distribute to any caregiver that may be responsible for your child during the school year. This includes intermittent babysitters and other family members who may provide care.

Make sure your child’s teachers are aware of his allergies before the school year gets underway. Make sure your child’s teachers knows the signs of an allergic reaction and can react quickly.

Visit Your Allergist

If your child is heading into the school year with more severe allergies than last year, visit an allergist.

An allergist can help you formulate an effective treatment plan for your child’s allergies. He or she can also ensure that you have the right medications and allergy response plan in place.

Allergy and Asthma Center of San Jose can help you prepare for back-to-school allergies well before the new year begins.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment or learn more about our allergy treatment services.

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