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Asthma usually presents as one or more of the following symptoms:4
Symptoms may occur in connection with allergen exposure, exercise, cold air, dry air, and airway infections. Other irritants, such as strong scents or cigarette smoke, may also trigger an exacerbation. To manage allergic asthma, it is important to identify and minimize exposure to allergic triggers.
An asthma attack may be triggered by exposure to an allergen. During an asthma attack, the muscles that surround the bronchial tubes constrict, narrowing the air passages and making it extremely difficult to breathe.5 Fortunately, almost everyone who receives treatment recovers from even the most severe asthma attacks.6
It’s important to uncover the allergens that may exacerbate asthma to properly manage and decrease the risk of asthma attacks. Seek emergency care if experiencing one of the following symptoms:
· Difficulty breathing
· Severe chest pain
· Difficulty walking or talking
· Blue tint to the skin
With allergic asthma, medical history is often not enough to make an accurate allergy diagnosis. For example, a patient can present with a history indicative of house dust mite or cat allergy but actually not be sensitized.20 Identifying and reducing exposure to allergens to which patients are sensitized can reduce the risk of induced asthma exacerbations, particularly in the case of house dust mite sensitization.1
It is also important to identify and treat other allergic conditions. For example, both allergic rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis are risk factors for the development of asthma.21 More than 80 percent of people with asthma also suffer from rhinitis, suggesting the concept of “one airway, one disease.”4 The presence of allergic rhinitis commonly exacerbates asthma, increasing the risk of asthma attacks, emergency visits, and hospitalizations for asthma.22-26
A blood test—together with an allergy-focused medical history—may help identify underlying allergen triggers.