Do you think you or a family member my have allergy induced asthma? If so, read this article tonight, and make an appointment with your doctor tomorrow! Asthma is a common but still serious disease that causes wheezing, shortness of breath, and in an acute attack difficulty breathing. Asthma can be exacerbated by changes in temperature, physical activity, or allergies. If you think you’re like me, and have allergy induced asthma, here are signs to look for, and discuss with your doctor.
Note the Time
Determine what time of day you start to notice difficulty breathing. Often asthma symptoms are worse in the evenings.
Look for Patterns
Notice which times of year your difficulty breathing is at its worst. It doesn’t matter so much WHICH season, but if there is a pattern, you may have allergy induced asthma. For example, if you have more difficulty in the spring, you may be allergic to grass and tree pollen. In the fall, it could be a mold allergy since the spores are more active then. If you have the most trouble breathing in the winter, you could be allergic to dust or pets and the extended time closed inside without the windows open for ventilation could be triggering your breathing problems.
Eliminate other Variables
Rule out other asthmatic triggers such as temperature change. If you start wheezing when you’re outside in winter, inside with air-conditioning in the summer, but not when you’re at the beach or by the fireplace, it is probably not allergy induced asthma, but a change in temperature that is triggering your symptoms.
Rule out other Triggers
Rule out physical activity induced asthma. Of course if you have trouble breathing during or after a workout, but not at other times, this could be a trigger for symptoms.
Request an allergy test from your doctor. This test can reveal which common allergens (usually airborne) you are most sensitive to. Compare your above observations with your doctor regarding the time, place, and season you are having your worst allergy symptoms to get his/her professional opinion about whether or not you have allergy induced asthma. Then discuss options with your doctor about the best course of treatment. Good luck!
If you are having difficulty breathing, go to the emergency room now. In my experience, you will be made a priority. A nurse can administer a treatment called a nebulizer. You will put your mouth on a tube to inhale a mist, which contains the medication you need to open your constricted airways. It does not hurt, or taste or smell bad, and it helps within minutes. Of course, let the nurse know about any medications you are on and have taken that day, if you have any allergies or sensitivities to medications, and if you have any chronic medical conditions.
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