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Is it allergies or could it be asthma? Find out how to tell the difference or is it both allergies and asthma. Find information and resources for asthma, including the symptoms, treatments, and more.


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Is It Allergies or Asthma, or Both?

What Causes Asthma?

WebMD
No one really knows what causes asthma. What we do know is that asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. The causes of asthma symptoms can vary for different people. Still, one thing is consistent with asthma: when airways come into contact with an asthma trigger, the airways become inflamed, narrow, and fill with mucus.
Mayo Clinic
Exposure to various substances that trigger allergies (allergens) and irritants can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma, including:

  • Pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
  • Allergic reactions to some foods, such as peanuts or shellfish
  • Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
  • Physical activity (exercise-induced asthma)
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
  • Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve)
  • Strong emotions and stress
  • Sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which stomach acids back up into your throat
  • Menstrual cycle in some women
  • Who Is At Risk For Asthma

    NIH
    Childhood asthma occurs more frequently in boys than in girls. It's unknown why this occurs although some experts find a young male's airway size is smaller when compared to the female's airway, which may contribute to increased risk of wheezing after a cold or other viral infection. Around age 30, the ratio of asthma between men and women is the same. At age 40, more females than males have adult asthma.

    Asthma Treatment

    WebMD
    Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start, plus long term control medications, quick relief medications, allergy shots and bronchial thermoplasty.

    Home Remedies for Asthma:
    Read these four home remedies about controlling asthma that includes:

    1. Don't Have a Pet.
    3. Smite the Mite
    3. Minimize Mold.
    4. Make Peace With Pollen.

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