In this blog we will look at the impact of allergies on asthma, common allergens in and around your home and what you can do to minimise their effect on your asthma.
Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Sometimes these airways can constrict or develop a build up of mucous, which narrow the airway making it hard to breath in or out. Over 2.5 million people in Australia have asthma and it is more common in families who have allergies. Symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath and can range from being quite mild to requiring hospitalisation.
Around 2 in 5 people in Australia suffer from allergies. Allergies are a type of immune response where the body reacts abnormally to a substance that is usually harmless.
Allergies can worsen asthma symptoms by triggering an asthma attack. The asthma attack is usually caused by the body’s reaction to the allergen. This can lead to chest tightness, difficulty breathing and coughing.
What are the most common allergens inside the home that impact asthma?
The most common allergens that can impact asthma are pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mould.
The most common allergens in the garden that can impact asthma are wind-pollinated plants, trees, flowers, weeds and grasses.
Deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the winter) often release pollen just before they start to regain their leaves.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the impact of allergies on asthma. These include:
Asthma can be a very serious condition if not well managed. While asthma is not often cured, if you are experiencing frequent asthma attacks, it is important to see your GP regularly to ensure that an adequate treatment plan can be put in place.
If you have any further questions, or feel that you or your loved ones need medical support, please do not hesitate to contact us 07 5531 3205.
Stay safe and healthy!