Is it possible to have both asthma and allergies? Unfortunately, yes. In fact, quite often the two go hand in hand. Allergies affect approximately 50 million people in the United States, while asthma affects more than 17 million adults and more than 7 million trillion. There is not a cure for either, and many people who have allergies also have asthma. When allergy season comes rolling around, those who suffer from both have it much worse. However, with proper prevention and control of both conditions, relief can be found. Here’s what you need to know about asthma and allergies and how you can treat them.
Asthma and Allergy Symptoms
Asthma and allergies share some symptoms, as both conditions impact the nose, throat and breathing. Common symptoms of allergies include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, fatigue, red or itchy eyes and coughing. Common symptoms of asthma include coughing (particularly at night), wheezing, and chest pain or tightness.
How to Alleviate Symptoms
As allergies will exacerbate asthma symptoms, it is important to practice a policy of prevention. Try to avoid as many allergens as possible. Online, you can find daily updated pollen counts of your area. Stay indoors during peak pollen times. Warm, dry and windy days tend to have a lot of pollen. If you workout outdoors, workout indoors. As well, keep your house safe from allergens by keeping windows and doors shut, vacuuming and dusting frequently, and running a HEPA-filter air conditioner.
Before coming indoors, take off your shoes and shed your clothes, which are covered in pollen, once indoors. It is also advisable to take a shower as soon as you come in, as this will wash the allergens away. Don’t forget about your hair either—allergens tend to stick to hair! If you must go outside, keep yourself covered, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth. Wear a large-brim hat and wide sunglasses to keep allergens out. A breathing mask isn’t a bad idea for those who need to spend long periods of time outdoors on high pollen count days.
In addition to avoiding allergens, the next step is treating them. Be sure to start taking your doctor-approved medications a few weeks before allergy season begins. This gives your body enough time to build up strength against impending allergies. Keep an inhaler on hand and try to avoid strenuous activity outdoors which can trigger asthma. To keep your body healthy and your immune system strong, it is important to be eating a nutritious diet and drinking lots of water as well.
Do You Believe You May Have Asthma And Allergies?
If you believe you have asthma, allergies, or both, it is very important to get diagnosed. Blind treatment with over the counter medication will not produce the same results as a doctor-prescribed plan. Don’t suffer with your symptoms—Contact your local Sneeze clinic today to book an appointment!