WHAT IS ALLERGIC ASTHMA?
Allergic asthma is a type of asthma that is induced by various allergens entering the body and irritating your immune system. In an allergic asthma attack, the immune system releases a specific antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). The increase in IgE causes your body to release chemicals that can trigger swelling in your airways. This is often caused by substances such as:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Other airborne allergens
In Columbus, Ohio, these allergens are quite common, which is why it can be challenging to identify the source of your asthma attacks.
SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGIC ASTHMA
Allergic asthma symptoms commonly begin before the age of 10, but can be developed at any age. Even if your asthma is caused by allergies, symptoms often mimic those of non-allergy-induced asthma. Symptoms of allergic asthma may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Other respiratory issues
It can be difficult to self-diagnose allergic asthma, because respiratory symptoms of allergic and non-allergic asthma are similar. By looking at the time and situations in which your allergic asthma symptoms occur, it is easier to determine if you are experiencing asthma due to allergens or something else. For example, if your asthma symptoms only flare up during heavy pollen seasons or when you are around a pet, your asthma is likely caused by allergies.
Allergic asthma symptoms are rarely life-threatening, although a bad attack without proper treatment can make this condition severe. To determine if your symptoms are due to allergies, Premier Allergy & Asthma can perform a diagnostic test.
ALLERGIC ASTHMA TREATMENT
If you are unsure of the exact substance causing your allergic asthma, your allergist can run a blood test or skin prick test before making a diagnosis. From there, you can begin the proper allergic asthma treatment. One of the simplest forms of treatment for allergic asthma is avoidance. Staying away from the allergens that cause your asthma attacks should be one of the first steps you take toward treatment.
If you are unable to avoid these allergens, immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots, is an allergic asthma treatment that works to provide a cure for patients. Immunotherapy treats the condition by inducing, enhancing or suppressing an immune response. Unlike other allergy treatments that only provide symptom relief, immunotherapy actually reduces the body’s sensitivity to allergens. It changes the way your body reacts to allergen triggers, offering the only true allergic asthma treatment available.