05 May Health Tip: Asthma and Allergies
Spring is in the air! While many of us are overjoyed to be storing away our winter items and enjoying more time outdoors, the arrival of spring is not all roses for those who suffer from asthma and
allergies. Asthma and allergies often times can occur together. A lot of the same substances that trigger your hay fever symptoms like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites, may also cause asthma symptoms. This is called allergic asthma or allergy induced asthma (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Many people suffer from asthma. A whopping 24 million Americans are affected by the disease (Medscape, 2016). However, no
matter if your asthma is triggered by allergies or other common triggers such as irritants in the air, respiratory illness, exercise, or stress it is imperative that you know what your triggers are and avoid exposure to them. It is equally important to develop a personalized Asthma Action Plan with your health
care provider. This plan will provide instructions for early treatment of your asthma symptoms, and provide guidance on when to call your doctor or when to go to the Emergency Room. Sadly, each year approximately 3,600 deaths are attributed to asthma attacks (CDC, 2016). Yet, many deaths from asthma attacks can be prevented. Remember, know what triggers your asthma symptoms and avoid exposure to them. You also should develop an individualized asthma action plan with your doctor. Most importantly, if you or someone else is having an asthma attack and begin experiencing severe shortness of breath, don’t delay! Call 911 immediately if your prescribed treatments have failed.