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Asthma and Allergy Awareness

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.   

 

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:

 

For more information, visit http://www.uhs.net