What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a specific disease process of the lungs, Allergy refers to a wide variety of hypersensitivity disorders. Often “partners” in disease, resulting in diagnostics, treatments and other preventive measures.
Symptoms of ailments like hay fever, most cases of asthma, allergic eczema and other allergic conditions result from your immune system’s response to otherwise harmless substances that doctors refer to as allergens.
Weak or deficient immune systems don’t cause asthma or allergy ailments. Your body’s defences work overtime, making your immune system too sensitive to substances. Using “hypersensitivity” to refer to an allergy.
Allergies aren’t just hay fever.
Apart from affecting your nose, sinuses, eyes, and throat, the exposure to allergy triggers can cause symptoms that involve your lungs, skin, and digestive tract.
You don’t catch them, so they are not infectious or contagious. You may however inherit a genetic predisposition to develop hypersensitivities that can eventually appear as allergies and/or asthma.
You don’t really outgrow them, so they aren’t like trends. Your ailment can vary in character and severity, but it’s an ongoing physical condition that is most likely always present in some form.
What Triggers Asthma and Allergies?
Allergy and asthma triggers include allergens like pollens, animal dander, dust, dust mites, mold spores, contact allergens, certain foods, drugs, and venom from stinging insects.
Asthmatic reactions can result from nonallergic triggers that act as irritants, (tobacco smoke, household cleaners, aerosol products, solvents, chemicals, fumes, gases, paints, smoke, and indoor and outdoor air pollution).
Unfortunately, having one type of hypersensitivity doesn’t prevent you from developing others. You can have multiple sensitivities to different types of allergens, irritants, and precipitating factors. Many researchers consider allergic disorders can appear in many ways, depending on the nature and degree of your sensitivities, as well as your levels of exposure to triggers.
Sneezing, drips, runs, congestion, wheezes, waters, coughs, itches, eruptions, swelling is not always due to an allergic reaction. The first step to effectively treating the underlying cause of your symptoms is properly diagnosing your ailment.
A majority of people with asthma also have allergies and some types of asthma can develop without an allergic component. Adult-onset asthma, (people over 40), is less common than child-onset asthma.
Precipitating factors such as nasal polyps, gastroesophageal reflux (GER), sinusitis, sensitivities to NSAIDs and aspirin are more likely to trigger this condition.
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