Asthma Animal Dander
Overview of Animal Dander Allergy Induced Asthma
If animal dander gets into your lungs, then you may experience symptoms of asthma including: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness. Not only will you experience asthma symptoms, but also allergy symptoms such as: runny nose or itchy eyes.
Causes of Animal Dander Allergy Induced Asthma
All animals produce dander and it not only in the hair of animals. Dander can be in skin flakes, saliva, urine, feces, and hair as well. When these particles come into contact with your nose or mouth, then you will experience allergy and/or asthma symptoms.
Treatment of Animal Dander Allergy Induced Asthma
The best treatment is to avoid the animal. Most of the time, rehoming or having a pet live outside is impossible, so there are a few steps you can take to decrease pet dander in the home. A third of our life is spent inside of the bedroom, so if you do not allow the animal in the bedroom then your exposure to the allergen will decrease significantly. In the home, HEPA air filters and removing carpet is recommended. Washing the animal regularly will also decrease dander. Your physician may recommend allergy shots if these do not help.
If you do not yet have a pet and want to have one, then consider animals such as turtles, snakes, fish, or hermit crabs; as any pet with feathers or fur can produce dander. You may also want to spend time with a pet before getting it. If someone you know has an animal such as hamster, interact with the animal and watch for any reactions to occur.
Asthma Dust Mites
Overview of Dust Mites Induced Asthma
Dust mites are a major cause of allergy and asthma symptoms. Symptoms of an allergy include: sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and itchy nose. Asthma may cause wheezing and you will likely need more asthma medication too.
Causes of Dust Mites Induced Asthma
Dust mites live in nearly every home and prefer warm, humid, and dusty areas. If you notice that your symptoms are worse at night, then you will want to spend most of your time cleaning your bedroom as dust mites live in sheets and mattresses.
Treatment of Dust Mites Induced Asthma
Allergy and asthma medication can help reactions to dust mites, but there are many other things you can do to decrease the number of dust mites in your home. Since most of your time is spent in the bedroom, you will want to begin deep cleaning in there. Take preventative measures such as covering pillows and mattresses with dust-proof covers. You will also want to wash any bedding, rugs, etc. in extremely hot water. If the water at your home does not reach temperatures of around 130 degrees, then have your sheets washed at a commercial laundry. If possible, you will want to rip out any carpet in the home and avoid rugs. Mites like to live in the space between the flooring and the rugs. Damp-mop the floors and any surfaces once a week.
Continue to take your allergy medication as prescribed. If your symptoms get worse, then speak with your physician. If you find yourself having to take more asthma medication, then your physician may recommend beginning a new medication.
Overview of Mold Induced Asthma
When mold spores get into your lungs, it will trigger asthma symptoms. Symptoms may include chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, or coughing. This reaction is typical when you have an allergy to mold. Symptoms will only get better with proper treatment and cleaning of the home.
Causes of Mold Induced Asthma
Mold grows in dark and damp places. Asthma symptoms are triggered by breathing in these mold spores. Mold spores cannot be seen, but they float through the air both indoors and outdoors. There are hundreds of types, and nearly everyone breathes them in but only certain people will have a reaction to them. The reaction is to the mold spores and not just the mold completely. The cause of the reaction is due to the immune system recognizing the mold spores as dangerous.
Treatment of Mold Induced Asthma
To begin treatment, it is recommended to deep clean your home and remove the sources of mold. The first step in removing mold from your home is to find the source of the mold and fix the problem. The main rooms that mold are found is in the laundry room, the kitchen, or the bathrooms. Begin by washing off the mold, cleaning, and drying. Make sure that your home is cool and dry by keeping the air conditioner on and use a dehumidifier when necessary.
Aside from cleaning, treatment for mold-related asthma is just the same as other asthma. Your physician may recommend various types of medications. Speak with your physician about your symptoms and create an Asthma Action Plan.
Overview of Pollen Induced Asthma
In a reaction to pollen with asthma, you are likely to experience shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and breathing quickly. You will notice that you have the same reaction as you do with a pollen allergy, but it is likely more severe when asthma plays a role. Asthma is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which makes it very difficult to breathe. When this occurs, there are a variety of symptoms that are likely to follow.
Causes of Pollen Induced Asthma
The cause of these symptoms is when the pollen is breathed into the lungs. When pollen is seen as a threat to the body, then the body reacts in a defensive way. Any different allergen can cause asthma symptoms, but in this case, it is pollen that is the cause.
Treatment of Pollen Induced Asthma
The best treatment is to avoid pollen completely. Before planning days outdoors, check the pollen counts and stay inside if necessary and possible. When pollen counts are high, keep windows closed. If you need to go outside while these counts are high, then shower and change clothes when you come inside. When working outside, wear a mask to avoid inhaling pollen. Your physician may recommend a variety of different medications to ease pollen symptoms. Avoiding pollen is sometimes impossible, and there are two types of medications that your physician may recommend, including an allergy medication or an asthma medication. In some cases, both may be necessary. To ease asthma symptoms, your physician may recommend allergy shots to desensitize you to the allergen.