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.

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