Asthma and Allergies
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), nearly 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, and an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies, including indoor/outdoor, food and drug, latex, insect, skin, and eye allergies. Inhaling specific substances called allergens can cause asthma and allergy symptoms. It is important to know what triggers your symptoms so you can learn how to limit your exposure to them.
AAFA lists the following symptoms for asthma:
- shortness of breath
- rapid breathing
- tightening of the chest
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, but have not been diagnosed with asthma, make an appointment to see your doctor right away.
Allergy sufferers may experience the following symptoms according to AAFA:
- nasal discharge
- nasal stuffiness
Work with your doctor to create a treatment plan to manage your symptoms, and see your doctor regularly because asthma and allergy symptoms can change over time, and your treatment may need to be adjusted.