Asthma And Allergies

The vast majority of people dealing with asthma have allergy-induced asthma. These individuals may have an attack when they are asthmaaround a known allergen. Their body creates a lot of extra histamines, which work to get rid of the “intruder” that they think is surrounding them.

After the body sends out histamines to deal with the problem, the allergic reaction takes place. The person suffering from the attack may have trouble breathing. A number of other symptoms can crop up as well. If breathing continues to be restricted, it is important to get help from a medical professional immediately.

Asthma extrinsic is the term used to describe a child that is dealing with allergy induced asthma. Asthma extrinsic simply refers to the fact that external allergens are creating the problem. For example, some common external allergens are dry air, dampness, mold, dust and cigarette smoke.

Indications Of An Asthma Attack

 

Trouble Breathing

A person suffering with asthma may feel that they can’t expel air from their lungs. They may also “gasp” for air as they try to get enough oxygen by breathing in. The breathing becomes labored and the patient may feel weak and unable to function normally.

Coughing

Coughing is exacerbated, especially at night. Many people with asthma have problems sleeping.

Wheezing

Wheezing is when a rattling sound or squeaking sound is present as you breathe. It comes from your chest.

Chest Tightness

Does your chest feel tight? Does it feel like your chest can’t expand enough when you try to breathe? You may be experiencing another common symptom of asthma.

What Brings On Asthma?

 

Playing Or Working Out

Those with asthma might have trouble with physical activity. They may have difficulty catching their breath from physical activity, which then leads to an attack.

Dust

There is a lot of dust in the world – especially in drier climates like Colorado Springs. Mold, grass and pet dander are also everywhere. Unfortunately, these are all common allergens that can incite an attack in those who are vulnerable. You may not be able to stay away from them completely, but certainly avoid places where you know you may be exposed to them.

Other Airborne Irritants

Besides dust and related allergens, other lung irritants can make it hard for asthma sufferers to breathe. For instance, air pollution, chemicals, perfumes and cigarette smoke all fall into this category. High humidity and cold air can also contribute to breathing problems related to this condition. This would be considered intrinsic asthma. Unfortunately, many times these irritants can’t be avoided.

How To Deal Effectively With Your Asthma

 

Inhalers

Many people with asthma use an inhaler to help them manage their asthma condition. Inhalers have both a mouthpiece and a canister to dispense the drugs into your lungs. The medicine is in the canister. The mouthpiece simply functions to help the user breathe in the drug.

Steroids

There are a number of different side effects associated with steroids. Still, they are often used as a treatment for asthma, often dispensed with an inhaler in conjunction with a bronchodilator.

Make sure you understand the potential side effects associated with steroids and talk to your doctor at length about them before you take them.

Your Asthma Is Unique To You

Each person with asthma is different, which means that symptoms could vary among individuals. If you are concerned that you might have allergy induced asthma, set up a consultation with your family physician. He or she may order several different tests to determine whether or not you actually have the condition.


If you are experiencing symptoms of an asthma attack and you can safely come to ER Specialists, we would love to help you.  If you are alone or have any doubt about getting to our facility safely, or, believe you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911.