Girl using asthma inhaler

Allergic Asthma

Allergic asthma is the most common type of asthma. About 90% of kids with childhood asthma have allergies, compared with about 50% of adults with asthma.  The symptoms that go along with allergic asthma show up after you breathe things called allergens like pollen, dust mites, or mold.

Asthma triggered by exposure to the same substances that trigger allergy symptoms. An allergy is when the immune system mistakes a harmless substance, such as pollen, as dangerous. The body releases chemicals to attack the substance. An allergy affecting the lungs can lead to asthma symptoms such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Allergies are all about your immune system. The job of your immune system is to protect you from germs such as bacteria and viruses. But if you have an allergy, your immune system will also defend your body against a harmless substance such as cat dander or dust mites.

When you come across an allergy trigger, your body makes molecules called A,G E antibodies. These trigger a series of reactions that can cause swelling, runny nose, and sneezing. In people with allergic asthma, the muscles around their airways begin to tighten. The airways themselves also become inflamed and flooded with much.

Common Symptoms;

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast breathing