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Published on April 09, 2015

Beware of Allergy and Asthma Triggers

Allergies and Asthma

Allergies and AsthmaThe sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. Spring is a wonderful time of year…unless you have allergies or asthma.

Twenty-two million Americans suffer from asthma1. Even more people, 50 million to be exact, suffer from nasal allergies2. For asthmatics, an attack can lead to:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

For those with allergies, the symptoms can include:

  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion

Many people with asthma also have allergies; the two can be a dangerous combination. A severe asthma attack can send a person to the emergency room, and can even lead to hospitalization.

Pollen in the air is one of the most common triggers for both allergy and asthma attacks. But it’s not the only one. Hany Nashed MD, a PIH Health pediatrician in Whittier, says triggers can be found around every corner.

Asthma and allergy triggers include:

  • Smoke
  • Pollution
  • Cold air
  • Cold and flu viruses
  • Exercise
  • Cockroaches
  • Food allergies
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander

There are many treatments available for asthma and allergy sufferers including:

  • Steroids
  • Bronchodilators
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Allergy shots

Most asthma symptoms can be controlled with daily medication. Dr. Nashed says that many patients can avoid attacks by being aware of their triggers and avoiding them.

“I tell my patients to use common sense,” Dr. Nashed says. “Check the pollen count for the day, use your rescue inhaler if you know you're going to do a lot of physical activity, and give your dog a bath once a week. He probably needs one anyway!”

1 National Institutes of Health
2 National Center for Health Statistics

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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