During certain times of the year, you might have noticed that your eyes become watery, and itchy. You might also notice that your throat feels tickly, or sore. Perhaps you’re coughing or wheezing more often than you should. These are all signs of allergies. But you might also notice that you have a harder time breathing when you experience allergy symptoms. This could be a sign that you’ve also developed asthma. This isn’t surprising.
The fact is, Asthma and allergies are inter-related conditions. Both are classified as auto-immune conditions that are triggered by a break-down in the immune system. A simplified explanation is that the human body responds to perceived “attacks” from triggers, such as flower and tree pollen, dust, mites, fur, mold, and other allergens. Chemicals called histamines develop in the body, causing the uncomfortable and sometimes, dangerous symptoms in the body. In other words, the body reacts in a manner to protect itself from perceived “threats”.
There’s nothing that you can do to stop your body from manufacturing histamines and other allergy-induced chemicals. However, there are things that you can do, in order to prevent being exposed to triggers, or to help eliminate allergy and asthma symptoms. First, you’ll need to visit your doctor in order to identify what’s causing your allergy symptoms.
Commonly, your doctor will perform a skin allergy test, exposing you to some of the most common allergens. When your skin shows sensitivity, your doctor will be able to identify what type of allergens you’ll need protection from. You could also be mindful of allergens in your house. Do you have pets? Are your air vents especially dusty? Are you regularly vacuuming your carpets? These are just a few questions you should ask yourself.
Finally, if you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, you’ll need to work extensively with your doctor, in order to find the right type of inhaler that will open your inflamed lungs. Then again, you might find that once you identify the cause of your allergies, you might not require the use of an asthma inhaler, at least not as much.