Are you wondering what asthma and allergies have in common, apart from the fact that both can make you feel miserable? Believe it or not, asthma and allergies usually occur at the same time.
The same things that trigger your allergy symptoms may be some of the same things that are causing signs and symptoms of asthma. This is what medical experts call allergy-induced asthma or allergic asthma.
So it stands to reason that some of the same treatments your doctor may use to treat your allergies can relieve some of your asthma symptoms as well.
Some of the symptoms that accompany both asthma and allergies are:
- Tightness in the chest area
- Shortness of breath
For those people initially diagnosed with asthma, there is a good chance that there is an allergic reaction as the underlying symptom. In fact, studies have shown that 60% of the 90% of individuals suffering from asthma may actually have allergic asthma.
With allergic asthma, the airways are extremely sensitive to specific allergens. Once these allergens get inside the body, the immune system begins to react significantly.
The immune system sees the allergen as a harmless substance and therefore, the immune system acts to protect the body by releasing chemicals that produce the allergy symptoms—such as congestion, itchy eyes, runny nose, and itchy skin.
For some individuals, the same reaction to the allergens affects the lungs and leads to asthmatic symptoms. The airway muscles will tighten and inflammation will be the result. In fact, after a while, the airways will flood with thick mucus to help protect your lungs from what your body sees as a foreign substance trying to invade it.
What Are the Treatments?
Most of the treatments that doctors design to treat allergies will help with your asthma symptoms as well. Here are just a few treatments that may help.
1. Medication. Singulair is a prescribed medication that treats allergies, but is also a great treatment for asthma. It is a Leukotriene modifier, which is in taken in pill form on a daily basis to control the chemicals released by the immune system during an allergy attack.
2. Allergy Shots. Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is helpful in treating asthma as well. It steadily reduces the response of the immune system to specific allergy triggers. ENTs give injections using a small amount of allergens that usually trigger the symptoms. This is used to build up the tolerance of your immune system to the allergens, diminishing your allergic reaction over time.
3. IgE Antibodies. IgE therapy is administered to allergy patients and is also helpful to asthmatic patients as well. When the immune system identifies a harmful substance, it releases IgE (antibodies) against the allergen. So, when you encounter the same allergen again, the IgE antibodies will sense the allergen and provide a signal to the immune system to release histamine into the bloodstream.
To test the cause of the allergic asthma, the ENT doctor will do one of two things:
- Prick the skin with a small amount of allergen and after 20 minutes, measure the size of the bump that will look red
- Administer an IgE blood test
Consult with an ENT Surgery Center West Palm Beach
There are other treatments and medications that can be used in the treatment of allergies that can also be helpful to asthmatic patients. Consult your ENT surgery center west palm beach to know how allergy treatments may with help your asthma. Don’t suffer with your uncomfortable symptoms any longer. Contact your ENT specialist today at 561-737-8584.