It is estimated that perhaps as many as 20 million Americans are now affected by asthma. Perhaps half of those cases are triggered by allergies. This is commonly referred to as allergic asthma although the symptoms are the same as other types of asthma and include coughing, huffing and shortness of breath. However if a person is exposed to something they are allergic to their attacks may be quite severe. Therefore people who suffer from allergic asthma need to seek help in identifying their specific allergies and how they affect one’s asthma symptoms as it may be prudent to work hard to avoid those allergens causing severe symptoms.
The number of allergens and potential allergens in existence today is quite large and ever increasing. Many are found outdoors while others tend to be concentrated in our homes. Animal dander is a common allergen that often triggers allergic asthma. This allergy may not be obvious since the allergy to an animal may develop slowly over a couple of years and even after the animal is removed the allergens may remain in your home for up to 6 months. The other big trigger found in the home is dust mites. Normally if this is the problem your allergic asthma symptoms will occur after making a bed, vacuuming or some other activity that will stir up carpet, bedding and other things where dust settles.
Another problem area for many people is pollen. By keeping track of your symptoms over time you may be able to notice that they are seasonal and related to high pollen counts outside. Indoor molds particularly in basements and damp rooms can cause severe allergic asthma symptoms. These types of triggers are difficult to treat through avoidance and therefore may require the assistance of your doctor to treat these problems with medications. In some severe cases immunotherapy may be prescribed as an allergy treatment.
There are cases where the cure for asthma and it’s symptoms maybe to forgo a particular item you are allergic to or avoiding items. By avoiding pets or other known triggers you may almost completely eliminate all your symptoms. Unfortunately there are airborne problems such as dust mites and mold that may be very difficult for you to avoid. These situations are best handled by seeking medical treatments.
Severe symptoms can make asthma a bit frightening. Those who suffer are best served by trying to identify what is causing or triggering their symptoms. Once those are identified you are on the path to better controlling your allergic asthma. Peace of mind and better health results from your effective control and maintenance of your symptoms.