Hoffman Estates area specialists get to heart of signs and symptoms of asthma by identifying triggers
The word “allergy” may immediately bring to mind sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, and a runny nose when a person is exposed to certain plants or animals. Allergic diseases are, however, many different things.
Some of the most common allergy-related diseases include allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and atopic dermatitis (eczema). The allergies may be triggered by a broad range of allergens — from certain foods to medications to the venom of stinging insects.
Allergies also play a significant role in asthma. In some people, the same over-reaction to a substance that produces itchy eyes and rashes also affects the lungs and airways, producing asthma symptoms. These individuals have allergic-asthma.
The World Health Organization estimates around 70 percent of asthmatics have allergies. Common causes of this type of asthma include pollen that is blown from trees, grasses, and weeds; mold spores; small scales from animal hair, skin, and feathers; dust mite and cockroach feces; and mold spores and fragments. While allergic asthma is the most common type of asthma, non-allergic or intrinsic asthma may be triggered by:
- Anxiety or stress
- Cold temperatures
- Dry air
The immune system is not involved with non-allergic asthma. While the triggers also differ, the symptoms of allergic and non-allergic asthma are generally the same and include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Rapid breathing
- Sleeplessness due to chronic coughing
Both allergic and non-allergic asthma may be partially reversed with medications. Most treatments treat one condition or the other — asthma or allergies. However, some therapies can ease both allergy and asthma symptoms. These treatments include a daily pill or leukotriene modifier that controls the chemicals released by your immune system during an allergic reaction.
Immunotherapy or allergy shots involve exposing your body to a very small amount of the allergen. Over time, your body gets used to the allergen. When your body is accustomed to this substance, it won’t perceive it as a harmful invader. When the allergen isn’t perceived as a harmful invader, your body doesn’t produce the chemicals responsible for your symptoms.
Before Drs. Noga Askenazi and Eugenia Hahn can prescribe medications or suggest therapies, they need to understand what triggers the signs and symptoms of your asthma. Near Hoffman Estates, schedule a consultation by calling 847 888 8802.