What causes Allergic Asthma?

The condition known as allergic asthma is triggered when a person inhales and allergen. The allergen may be pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, or any other allergen that can create an allergy symptom.
Whenever some people inhale the allergens, their tubes located in their lungs inflame and swell. That restricts air flow, which in turn leads to the symptoms of allergic asthma.

Non Allergic Asthma triggers

People who suffer from allergic asthma have their symptoms triggered when they breathe in an allergen. People who suffer from non-allergic asthma can have their symptoms triggered when they breathe in an allergen and also:
• When they have high anxiety levels
• When they are frightened
• When they over exert themselves physically
• When they have a virus
• When they catch a cold
• When the air is extremely cold

Is it Asthma or COPD?

Doctors often have a hard time distinguishing between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Both chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and asthma are inflammatory lung conditions. It can be hard to decide if the patient has COPD or asthma, or both conditions. Often the two conditions overlap each other.
People who smoke cigarettes and people who had severe asthma when they were children are far more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder than other people.

Symptoms of allergic asthma

When people who suffer from allergic asthma encounter an allergen they may:
• Develop a shortness of breath
• Begin to cough
• Wheeze when they breathe
• Feel a tightness in their chest. Some people say this tightness feels as if someone has wrapped a band around your chest and is slowly pulling the two ends of the band together creating pressure like you are being squeezed.
• Difficulty sleeping

How is allergic asthma treated?

The number one treatment for allergic asthma is the discovery of the allergen that triggers the problem so that the patient may avoid the allergen when possible. It is not always possible to avoid all allergens that trigger allergic asthma.
Inhalers are usually prescribed for the patient to use in emergency situations. Often the person does not know they have encountered their allergen until they begin to have the trouble breathing. The rescue inhalers open the airways allowing the person to breathe more freely.
Medications to reduce allergic responses will help to minimize the severity of the asthma attack.

Advice from allergic asthma sufferers

People who suffer from allergic asthma recommend the following.
• Always have a rescue inhaler with you. Keep one with you or keep one at your desk, at home, in your car. Especially when you travel. You are more likely to need a rescue inhaler when you travel due to unexpected allergen exposure
• Know your triggers and avoid them when possible. If you are allergic to pet dander try not to stay places that have indoor pets
• Take your allergy medicines as prescribed, not just when you are having a severe attack. When the physician writes a preventative prescription take it exactly as it is prescribed.