Allergic Asthma VS Non-Allergic Asthma

Allergic asthma, which is “also known as allergy-induced asthma” is ‘caused by an allergic reaction.” The easiest way for one to recognize whether he/she has this form of asthma is if he/she has “trouble breathing during allergy season.” Two common allergens that cause the most trouble are pollen and mold. Consequently, pollen can be found in several trees such as “Oak, Western red cedar, Sycamore, Maple, Elm, Birch, Ash, Cypress, Walnut, Hickory, and Poplar.”

When a person is subject to these types of allergens and ends up breathing them in – and/or inhaling them – they can begin to experience several symptoms. A runny nose, itchy eyes, and frequent sneezing is a normal way in which the body reacts. The reason for this is because pollen is “a mass of microspores in a seed plant appearing usually as a fine dust.” This fine dust makes it that much easier for the pollen to make its way into a person’s nose, especially when they are out and about during the Springtime and surrounded by all the new plant growth. One who is allergic to mold will experience the same kind of symptoms.

In contrast, is non-allergic asthma which “has a range of triggers, including weather conditions, exercise, infections, and stress.” Symptoms for both forms of asthma are similar, so if one was to just look at their symptoms then they could easily mistake it for one or the other. The biggest way, however, that this form of asthma is diagnosed if one is experiencing it without the help of allergens. In other words, “something other than allergens triggers an immune system response” which is the biggest determining factor above all else.

Fortunately, treatment options are available for both types of asthma in the form of antihistamine, steroid, and/or an anti-inflammatory. However, it’s always a good idea for one to seek out a medical professional rather than to try and self-diagnose his/her symptoms himself/herself. In doing so, the person in the health field can better determine what further action needs to be taken so that the person’s reaction – and/or symptoms – can be reduced.           

In conclusion, treatment options available make it so that the person doesn’t have to just suffer through his/her attack, and/or try to cope with them on his/her own, but instead helps get rid of the allergic reaction that has occurred as a result of whatever may have triggered it. Preventing these symptoms – or relieving them completely – allows one to breathe fully, and live a happier and healthier life, rather than to feel restricted by his/her condition.

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