Allergy and Asthma
Allergies play a significant role in asthma. Allergies are one of the major contributing factors that are linked to the cause and persistence of asthma. Approximately 80% of people with asthma have positive results for allergy testing.
People who have a diagnosis of asthma may experience a narrowing of their airways. This means that air can not flow properly in and out of their lungs. With the help of medications, and regular care from health professionals, these symptoms can be reversed.
People who experience asthma may show the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Irritable long lasting cough
- Tightness or heaviness in chest
- Wheeze or cough with exercise
Having allergies in a patient with asthma can produce an inflammation response in the airways, and in some cases exposure to one or more allergens can trigger an asthma attack.
A key to effective management of asthma includes the detection of allergens and control of allergy symptoms. People with asthma are encouraged to be reviewed regularly by a health professional and take part in an individualised asthma action plan.
At the Panaceum Group we provide asthma nurse specific services, and our nurses can help develop an asthma action plan with you and your GP.