Can Allergies Trigger Asthma?

Allergies and asthma are closely related conditions. An allergic reaction can trigger an asthma attack for people with asthma, causing allergy-induced asthma or allergic asthma. This makes it crucial for people with asthma to be aware of allergens and how they can spur asthma attacks.

Here, we’ll discuss the link between allergies and asthma and offer tips for managing both conditions.  

Why Can An Allergic Reaction Cause an Asthma Attack?allergies trigger florida

Allergic reactions occur when the antibodies of your immune system wrongly identify a non-dangerous substance as a threat. As a result, the antibodies adhere to the allergen to protect your body, and the immune system releases certain chemicals. These chemicals can cause allergy symptoms, including runny nose, nasal congestion, and watery eyes. Some individuals also experience symptoms of the airways and lungs, which can trigger an asthma attack. 

Symptoms of an asthma attack include:

  • Coughing 
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

If you already have asthma, allergies can make your asthma worse. If you don’t have asthma, however, allergies can increase your risk of developing it. This is one of the many reasons why receiving treatment for allergies can benefit your overall health. 

Common Allergy Triggers

All types of allergy triggers can also spur an asthma attack. Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Insect bites
  • Certain foods (i.e. peanuts)

Treatment For Allergies and Asthma

At Kratz Allergy & Asthma, our experienced allergist, Dr. Jamie Kratz, provides expert care for Floridians suffering from allergies and/or asthma. For allergies, allergy testing, shots, and prescription antihistamines are available. For asthma, we offer innovative treatments including Fasenra and Nucala. 

If you’re suffering from allergies, asthma, or allergy-induced asthma, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Port Richey or Odessa.