Is there a Link Between Asthma and Allergies?

Allergies and asthma are two chronic conditions that are often related to each other in a number of different ways. Asthma is a disease of the bronchial tubes that directly carries oxygen into the lungs so you can breathe. Allergic asthma is a type of the condition that is mainly triggered by allergens in the environment. Pollen, pet dander, and mold are common allergen types that can make asthma much worse, even bringing on an asthma attack where the person has trouble getting enough air into their lungs to breathe correctly.

They can start to wheeze, and cough in order to bring in more air. It feels like a tightening or squeezing on the chest plate. The person can even try to open up their month to get more air in, but that doesn’t work. Usually the person has to rely on an albuterol inhaler  or a natural treatment for asthma and allergies like Salt Therapy (Halotherapy) to make breathing easier again if something has set them off.

Sometimes people are born with asthma, and other people develop adult onset asthma later in life. Even a severe episode of bronchitis can make you more susceptible to developing asthma.

So if you know that you are one of the 25 million people in the United States that have asthma it’s important to keep allergens at bay as much as possible to avoid making your condition worse. Doing things like regular cleaning of your home especially if you have a pet who sheds their hair is important. More cleaning in the Spring may be necessary because you are more likely to be bringing pollen, and ragweed into your home. Take off your shoes at the door in order to track less of their substances through your home.

Allergies aren’t usually as much of a problem during the dormant winter. Although if you have pets then their dander is a year round problem, and might be worse at specific times of the year.

Another good tip is that after you have been out all day, shower off and change your clothes into clean ones when you get home in order to rinse off some of the allergens that hover in the air that you may have come in contact with during the day. This is truly important if you work in a job that has you outside much of the time. Keeping your asthma under control if you have allergies is important for a better quality of life. Your doctor can also help you decide what are the best allergy medication you can take, and what else you can do to more effectively manage your asthma.

In addition to consulting your doctor, you can also find out what kind of places in your area offer Halotherapy. This form of “salt therapy” is excellent for those who suffer from the killer combination of allergies and asthma. The pure salt air that is pumped into a treatment room can open up the airways to allow the person easier breathing. Some people have even said that they feel the beneficial results for days after their treatment.

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