Don’t let allergies and asthma limit you in your daily activities
Have you seen the movie Hitch with Will Smith and Kevin James? I think it was written by someone with allergies and asthma! First, consider that one of the main characters is named “Allegra,” which is a common medication used to treat allergies. Who can forget the scene where Hitch has the allergic reaction to the food he ate? Lastly, what chronic condition does Albert have? Asthma! Right before he goes to kiss Allegra, he throws his rescue inhaler aside for the dramatic first kiss!
The allergy and asthma themes threaded throughout the movie are striking. As we head towards August and September, which are traditionally difficult months for those with allergies and asthma, I have thought about Hitch quite often. Frequently, people have less control of their allergies and asthma during these months resulting in more visits to the doctor. Hopefully by following a few suggestions, instead of you or your children losing control of your allergies and asthma during a traditionally tough time, you can achieve better control of them. Rather than using your rescue inhaler more often, you can toss it aside like Albert, and then do the things you really want to do!
10 tips for better allergy and asthma control
Severe consequences can occur when an allergic person’s immune system produces the allergic antibody called IgE (immunoglobulin E) in response to a drug. When the person’s body encounters the drug again, IgE antibodies bound to certain cells, called mast cells, can result in an explosive release of histamine and other chemicals. This triggers symptoms of an allergic reaction. The most frequent symptoms include: