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What Everyone Should Know About Allergic Asthma

May 24, 2024

What Everyone Should Know About Allergic Asthma

May is Asthma Awareness Month, a time for healthcare professionals and individuals alike to come together to raise awareness about this chronic respiratory condition that affects over 27 million Americans. Nearly 60% of them are affected with allergic asthma, which is the most common asthma subtype nationwide. Read on to learn more about its causes, symptoms and available treatment options.

Causes And Symptoms of Allergic Asthma

Allergic asthma is a subtype of asthma triggered by exposure to allergens, including dust mites, pollen, pet dander, certain foods or mold. When individuals with allergic asthma encounter one or more of these allergens, their immune system responds by triggering inflammation and narrowing of the airways. As a result, this can cause the patient to experience symptoms like coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing.

The exact cause of allergic asthma is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Common triggers for allergic asthma include:

  • Pollen: A common allergen during the spring and summer months.
  • Pet dander: Allergens shed by household pets like dogs and cats.
  • Dust mites: Found in upholstered furniture, bedding and carpets.
  • Mold: Typically found in damp environments such as bathrooms and basements.
  • Certain foods: Common allergenic foods include shellfish, peanuts and dairy products.

Symptoms of allergic asthma can vary in severity depending on the patient and may include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue

Treatment And Management

Treatment and management of allergic asthma involves a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. Commonly utilized treatment strategies include:

  • Avoiding known allergic triggers whenever possible.
  • Taking prescribed medications like inhalers (bronchodilators and corticosteroids) or OTC medications such as antihistamines to help mitigate allergic reactions.
  • Monitoring allergy symptoms and knowing when to seek emergency care.
  • Maintaining healthy indoor air quality by regularly cleaning and dusting areas in the home, keeping humidity levels in check and using true HEPA air purifiers.
  • Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet to support overall respiratory health.

Allergic asthma doesn’t have to be an obstacle to living a full life. With 40+ locations across Northwest Indiana and Illinois, Midwest Express Clinic offers immediate, walk-in care for asthma sufferers, ensuring fast and professional treatment year-round. To find urgent care near you, visit

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