Is There an Effective Cure for Allergic Asthma?
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Allergic asthma is a common form of asthma that is particularly prevalent during allergy seasons. As with other allergies, the immune system will have a negative reaction to certain types of allergens.
Before experiencing breathing problems, allergic asthma sufferers will inhale an allergen, and then the airways become inflamed. There is the potential for severe reactions to such an event, making it a priority for Atlanta residents to get thorough testing if they have concerns.
Causes of Allergic Asthma
The triggers of allergic asthma will vary between patients. Identifying the trigger is an important step in plotting an effective treatment to reduce the likelihood of severe responses to allergens and asthma attacks. The following causes are the most common triggers of allergic asthma.
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Polluted air
- Strong fragrances
Symptoms of Allergic Asthma
The symptoms of allergic asthma are similar to other types of asthma. A sufferer will usually notice that these responses are caused during interactions with certain allergens, suggesting that it is an allergy-related condition.
For example, during times of high pollen seasonal allergies could exacerbate the symptoms. Responses will be mild in most cases, but severe attacks can cause anaphylaxis. The following symptoms will usually be present in allergic asthma sufferers.
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Tight chest
Treatment Options for Allergic Asthma
Before the appropriate treatment can be identified and implemented, it is important to get allergy testing. Your allergist can then understand precisely what is causing your asthma attacks. Because avoiding the offending allergen can be a crucial first step, it’s important to pay attention to conditions in your home and the environments you spend time in. There are various medications that may be appropriate, and your doctor will discuss these options for you or your child.
If this approach does not reduce the allergic asthma symptoms, you may want to consider immunotherapy. Also known as allergy shots, this treatment is a process where the patient receives small amounts of the allergen to desensitize the immune system over time. The body gradually gets used to the presence of the allergen, and this tolerance reduces the chances of negative reactions.
Can Allergic Asthma Be Cured?
Unfortunately, allergic asthma cannot be completely cured. However, the right treatment can drastically reduce the impact the condition has on your life or the life of your child. Working with an expert allergist can reduce the likelihood of a severe asthma attack, while also minimizing the main symptoms. In brief – avoid allergens, take the medication prescribed by your doctor, and perhaps utilize immunotherapy treatment. These practices will minimize allergic asthma for most patients.
Talk to Us About Your Allergic Asthma
Are you concerned about allergic asthma and want to discuss possible treatments? Make an appointment with Dr. Chacko at one of our clinics in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth or Johns Creek. Call us today at 678-668-4688.