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Asthma, Allergies 

& Allergic Reactions

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Allergic responses happen with your immune system mistakes a harmless particle as a harmful one. Because it thinks the substance is “harmful”, it will try to protect your body from it causing the antibodies to bind to the allergen. The familiar itchy eyes, skin reactions, and stuffy and runny nose when a harmless substance such as animal dander or pollen touches your skin, or gets in your nose, eyes, or lungs, are all because of the chemicals released by the immune system.

Often, allergies and asthma go together. The same allergens (e.g. smoke, mold, dust mites, pet dander, and pollen) that trigger your allergies may also cause asthma. Additionally, for some people, allergies will lead to asthma. This is called allergy-induced asthma or  allergic asthma, the most common type of asthma.

People who have other family members who have allergic asthma have more chances of getting it.

Symptoms

Non-allergic asthma and allergy-induced asthma often have the same symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing quickly
  • Tight feeling around the chest

Common Causes

A person with allergic asthma is over sensitive to allergens. Their immune system overreacts when an allergen gets into their body. Some of these allergens and irritants are:

  • Pollen from grass, weeds, and trees
  • Mold spores
  • Animal dander
  • Insect droppings
  • Dust mite droppings
  • Cold air
  • Strong chemical odors
  • Strong scents such as perfumes and fresheners
  • Smoke (fireworks, candles, incense, or tobacco)
  • Air pollution

Prevention

Allergens can be found everywhere. The key is to identify the substance that trigger your allergies and asthma. This way, you can try to limit your exposure to them and prevent an attack. 

If you are suffering from allergies, asthma, or minor allergic reactions, visit any ModernMD location for relief! 

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