Allergy vs. Asthma Q&A
Allergies occur when the body’s system becomes hypersensitive to an allergen, prompting the immune system to respond as if it were under attack. Asthma is a respiratory illness that narrows the airways and makes breathing difficult. The distinction between allergies and asthma is in the region of the reaction. If the reaction occurs in your nose, you will suffer from nasal congestion and sneezing. If the reaction occurs in your lungs, you will have asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. At Allergy and You, Dr. Niraj Choudhary, MD, and Dr. Smriti Choudhary, MD, will work with you to identify the source of your problems, treat them, and provide assistance. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online.
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For many people all over the world, allergies are a disruptive part of day-to-day life. When allergies affect one’s ability to breathe normally, it’s called “allergic asthma,” a condition that can be personally and physically consuming if not managed appropriately.
We understand that allergies and asthma often coincide with each other, which is why the specialists at Allergy and You are specially trained to diagnose and treat both. If you’re looking for support in obtaining a diagnosis or would like to know about the treatments we offer that can improve your allergies, contact us today. We’re happy to help you down the road to happier and symptom-free living.
Allergies and asthma are similar in the sense that they’re both brought on by the immune system reacting to trigger substances such as pollen, mold, dust, or dander. However, the difference between allergies and asthma lies primarily in the location of the reaction.
For example, if the reaction happens in your eyes and nose, you’ll experience watering or red eyes, sneezing, and congestion. If the reaction happens somewhere in your pulmonary system, such as your lungs, then you’ll experience an asthma attack, including fits of coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
It’s still unclear as to why certain people experience allergies while others experience asthma. However, it should be noted that those with continuous allergies are at higher risk for developing allergic asthma, which is why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Allergies can be treated with home remedies, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and/or allergy shots. In comparison, asthma can be treated with medications that are administered through an inhaler.
Unfortunately, allergic asthma can’t be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk of experiencing symptoms and triggering an attack by knowing what allergens you’re sensitive to and making efforts to control your environment.
Certain treatment options, such as allergy shots, may also reduce your likelihood of experiencing allergic asthma symptoms. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider or an allergy doctor about ways that you can prevent and manage your symptoms and what medications are best for controlling your asthma.
When you experience an allergic reaction in your lungs or other areas of your pulmonary system, the result is often an asthma attack. This is commonly referred to as “allergic asthma,” which is characterized by your airways tightening in response to inhaling an allergen. The most common triggers for allergic asthma are pollen, dander, dust, and mold spores.
Those who suffer from chronic allergies are at higher risk for developing allergic asthma, so it’s important to consult an allergy physician as soon as you start noticing allergy-related symptoms.
When you book an appointment to see an allergy doctor about your asthma, it’s important to ask any questions that you may have regarding your diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. It’s often recommended that you write down your questions prior to your appointment to avoid forgetting something important.
Consider asking your doctor the following questions during your next visit:
• What is asthma?
• What is the cause of my asthma?
• How can I reduce my risk of having an asthma attack?
• What testing will I need to monitor my asthma?
• What kind of inhaler do I need?
• How do I use my inhaler?
• What forms of asthma treatment are available to me?
• Am I able to exercise with asthma?
• What do I do if I’m having an asthma attack?
• How do I best manage my asthma?
• How do I reduce my asthma triggers?
• Could factors in my home or workplace be making me sick?
• What other changes can I make to improve my asthma?
Understanding your condition is the best way to safeguard your health as you move through your day-to-day activities.
If you have questions about your allergies or your asthma, contact the experienced professionals at Allergy and You. We are here to provide the quality care and informational resources that you need to get back to feeling your best. Contact us today or book an appointment online we’d be happy to help you navigate your allergies and any related conditions. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. We serve patients from Webster TX, Bacliff TX, Dickinson TX, Seabrook TX, League City TX, and Clear Lake City TX. We look forward to serving you!