Both asthma and allergies affect millions of Americans each year. Remember these tips to keep your asthma and allergies under control.
Common signs of asthma include: wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, decreased energy, itchy chin or tickly throat, and younger children may complain of “stomach ache.” Some asthmatics display these symptoms frequently while others only have the symptoms once in a while.
Asthma triggers can include second-hand smoke, dust mites, mold, pests, and household pets.
If diagnosed, there are two types of medication: long term controllers and quick relievers.
To help reduce your chances of having an asthma attack, try to identify and minimize contact with your asthma triggers.
If you have a child with asthma, make sure they know what triggers an attack and are able to measure and react if their asthma is worsening.
Common allergies include: allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic asthma, food allergies, drug allergies and insect sting/bite allergies. Allergens, which cause irritation, can get into the body the following ways: inhalation into the nose and lungs (airborne pollens), ingestion by mouth (eating), injection (medications), and absorption through the skin (such as poison ivy).
Medications to control symptoms:
Antihistamines – Help with itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing, as well as itchy skin and hives. May cause drowsiness.
Nasal Corticosteroids - Highly effective for allergy symptom control and are widely used to stop chronic symptoms.
Allergy Immunotherapy - Allergy shots
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