What is allergic asthma?

Discovery Health
Administration Specialist

Triggers of allergic asthma include allergens such as animal dander, pollen, dust-mite and cockroach droppings and body parts and mold. Other triggers include irritants like cigarette smoke and stimuli such as exercise, cold weather and infections.

Being the fearful type or a worrywart may also trigger asthma attacks or might make an attack more severe. Bodily reactions and emotional stress are tied together in a bond that is breakable through proper nutrition, relaxation, exercise and stress management. Other asthma triggers capable of causing (or even worsening) asthma symptoms include drug allergies, viral infections and even positive emotions, such as laughter and excitement.

Dr. Harish H. Murthy, MD
Pulmonary Disease Specialist

It's estimated that 30 percent of the population has allergies—and many end up with some asthma as a result, says pulmonologist Harish Murthy, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. Learn more in this video.

Dr. Anita Gupta

Allergic asthma is a common form of asthma that occurs when an allergen, such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites or molds, is inhaled. These allergens trigger a hypersensitive response in the immune system that causes the airway passages to become inflamed. The muscles around the airways also tighten. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing and chest tightening. Determining which allergens are causing asthma symptoms is essential so people can avoid these triggers and control asthma.

Allergic asthma is when symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing and cough, are triggered by allergens, such as pollens, dust mites and pets. 

Dr. David K. Palmer, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT Specialist)

Allergic asthma can be related to exposure to certain allergens. Watch as David Palmer, MD, an otolaryngologist at St. Mark's Hospital, discusses how to recognize allergic asthma symptoms and treatment. 

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Asthma can be mild or severe, and is classified by how your breathing is affected. Most alarming are asthma attacks, episodes of severe coughing or wheezing where it is very hard to catch your breath; but asthma can also be a chro...

nic condition. Treatment is by anti-inflammatories and bronchodilators.

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