With pollens swirling around in the crisp spring air the sneezing and itchy, watery eyes are just beginning, however exposure to pollens can also contribute to many symptoms in individuals with asthma.
Allergens such as tree, grass, or weed pollen and cat or dog dander can cause an individuals airways to become inflamed. This inflammation, known as allergy induced asthma, can make it very difficult to breathe. Other symptoms that could develop may include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness of chest.
You don’t have to suffer with allergy induced symptoms. There are a number of treatment options your board certified allergist may suggest. He or she may suggest controller asthma medication such as a daily inhaler. He or she may also suggest that you keep a rescue inhaler with you at all times. The rescue inhaler, such as Proair and Ventolin, is supposed to be used as needed, when symptoms flare. If an individual is using their rescue inhaler too frequently that is an indication that your asthma is uncontrolled and you should address this with your board certified allergist.
The silver lining with allergy induced asthma is that if you get rid of the allergy your asthma symptoms should improve and has the potential to completely go away in time which is why starting allergy shots may be suggested. As stated in our previous articles, allergy shots can help your body recognize allergens as common, instead of foreign, and may help to permanently resolve symptoms.
Please contact Rocky Mountain Allergy if you have any questions or concerns regarding allergy induced asthma at 801-775-9800.