Do you know exactly what triggers your asthma? If you notice that you're coping with increased flare-ups in your bronchial tubes during certain times of the year, it's likely that seasonal allergens such as mold, pollen, and ragweed could be sparking your symptoms.

Weathering Allergy-Induced Asthma

Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). And the spring and summer months can be particularly difficult if you're among the many sufferers.  Yet you don't have to hide until the season changes. You just need to do some careful planning so you can weather your allergic asthma and keep it from interfering with your regular activities.

Allergic Asthma Facts

As the name implies, allergic asthma is really just asthma that occurs when you become exposed to allergens that set your immune system into overdrive. Seasonal factors can be big triggers, but so can other allergens including dust, pets, cleaning supplies, and scented bath products. This type of asthma occurs when you inhale in particles, which irritates your airways and causes them to become inflamed. Your body has an immune-system response to these triggers, releasing a chemical that causes inflammation and airway swelling

The symptoms of allergic asthma are usually the same as with asthma not triggered by allergens, including:

  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Managing Allergies and Asthma

If you suspect you have allergic asthma, keep track of your symptoms and note when they occur, so you can begin to make some connections. You may also need to undergo allergy testing.

Once you understand the cause of your condition, the best way to manage it is by working with your doctor to develop a comprehensive asthma action plan. Your plan should include essential information to help you head off problems. Your plan should include:

  • Identifying your allergic asthma triggers and how to avoid them
  • Use of a peak flow meter to monitor your breathing capacity and help you identify any changes in your breathing
  • A list of early warning signs that indicate you're getting into trouble
  • A list of your allergy and asthma control medications and how to use them properly.




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