Allergy Induced Asthma

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Definition

Asthma is a condition in which the bronchial tubes and/or the lungs become inflamed, clogged with thick mucous and breathing becomes increasingly difficult. Many people believe that the problem is the ability to get air into the lungs, in reality it actually becomes impossible to move the old air out, leaving no room for the new, oxygenated air. Additionally as breathing becomes more difficult sufferers become frightened, tense up, breathe shallowly and make matters worse by being fearful.

In allergy sufferers the histamine reactions caused by irritants and allergens can increase the possibility of causing asthma. The variety of indoor allergens, mostly airborne, is taken into the respiratory system irritating the tender mucous membranes of the airways creating inflammation and asthma. Avoidance of known allergens is an important factor in preventing and treating allergic asthma. Any person with allergic sensitivities is at risk for allergic asthma. Common allergens might be fragrances, cigarette and wood smoke, gasoline and paint fumes, pollen, animal dander, smog, dust and dust mites as well as food allergies such as peanuts, eggs, corn and milk. This is not an exhaustive list. Checking with your allergist or doctor to get more information is a good idea.

In addition, many of these symptoms may be even more noticeable prior to thunderstorms or related stormy weather. This seems related to the increased humidity, and denser air bringing allergens down from the upper atmosphere. For other sufferers snowy weather can bring on symptoms due to colder, dry air.

Symptoms

There is a long list of symptoms of asthma, some are early warning symptoms and others are those of full blown asthmatic attacks. Early warnings include: sleeping problems, dark circles under eyes, itching in the throat, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, wheezing, sneezing, unproductive cough, breathing changes, moodiness, headaches and intolerance to exercise.

Symptoms indicating the possible onset of a severe asthma attack might be;
severe coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or tightness in the chest,
difficulty talking or concentrating, shortness of breath at a walk, shallow, rapid breathing or slower than usual breathing. You might also notice the person having hunched shoulders, or the neck area and between or below the ribs moves inward with breathing (sort of sucking in) called retractions, or a gray or bluish tint to the skin, beginning around the mouth (cyanosis). If you have or notice these symptoms in another, it is important to get them emergency medical treatment. It is important that as an asthmatic you always have your emergency inhaler for such situations, make sure to get the prescribed dosage then seek medical assistance immediately.

Children with allergic asthma can have a terrible time dealing with asthma and the negative impacts in their lives. Helping them deal with their limitations and teaching them self care and nutrition can have a positive influence. It was found that singing lessons and being involved in choir can help people with breathing problems, as can swimming and yoga. All of these activities include special instructions in breathing, controlling breathing and increasing breathing abilities. Having a good relationship with a medical provider can help immensely with the day to day issues as well as with the, hopefully occasional, emergency situation.

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