You may not realize it, but asthma and allergy are two different conditions. But there are instances when they share the same triggers and medication. Asthma is a disease of the bronchial tubes while allergies are an over-reaction of your body’s immune system. But because they have a lot in common, they can be intertwined. People can even be allergic and asthmatic at the same time because asthma can occur as a result of exposure to allergens. This condition is called allergic asthma.
Asthma and allergy can be life threatening. It is important for people with these conditions to avoid attacks – even if they know how to treat them when an emergency occurs. In order to avoid emergency treatment, you need to prevent an attack from occurring in the first place – you can do it by observing a few simple measures.
1. Visit your doctor on a regular basis.
The continuing guidance of your physician plays an important role in the proper management and treatment of asthma and allergies. In extreme cases, your doctor may refer you to a medical professional who is specially trained to diagnose and treat allergic conditions.
2. Know your allergy triggers.
If you manifest symptoms of allergic reaction, your doctor will certainly have you tested to identify their real causes. This will enable you to know your allergy triggers that you must avoid.
If you have allergies to pollen or mold, you should minimize your trip outdoors especially if the weather is windy or anytime you notice the symptoms. The wind can stir up pollen and it can carry pollen and mold spores into the air, causing them to stick onto your clothing. But should you decide to go out, you should keep your car windows closed. If you have seasonal allergy, you may consider using your home air conditioning system but you must see to it that their air filters are clean and in good condition.
If you are sensitive to grass, you should see to it to it that your house is closed when someone is mowing your lawn. You should also avoid going out of your house when your neighbors are mowing their lawns.
If you manifest allergy symptoms even if you are inside your home or office, you are probably allergic to molds that thrive somewhere in your house or workplace. If this happens you should consider hiring someone who can investigate and identify places where molds grow. If molds are found, you should have them have them removed at once.
If you are sensitive to sea foods such as shellfish, don’t eat them. They can trigger severe allergic reactions that can be life-threatening.
If you are allergic to insect bites, you should take precaution when going outdoors especially at times when insects are prevalent. Avoid picnicking or camping in wooded environments as insects are certainly present to share their venom with you.
3. Keep your medication handy at all times.
If you have asthma or allergy, you should carry your medication at all times. This can help to alleviate or arrest the symptoms when they begin to appear.
4. Avoid exposure to polluted air and tobacco smoke.
Allergic asthma and a few other allergies are triggered by polluted air and tobacco smoke. If you have this condition and someone in the house smokes, you should stay away from that person especially when he is smoking or ask him to smoke somewhere else. If you are living in a place where there’s pollution nearby, you should consider relocating to a new home to put your allergy symptoms to a stop.
Having knowledge of emergency allergy treatment or asthma management is a great help. But it would be better if you can avoid them by preventing an attack from taking place. Prevention is always better than cure.
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Lori Palermo is a corporate consultant who is experienced in the areas of fund administration, corporate solutions, human resources, technology and small business. He likes to share his knowledge about business and human interests. .