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Springing Back from Allergies and Asthma

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Springtime is a colorful and beautiful time of year.

As grass begins to grow, the ground turns from brown to green. As plants and flowers begin to bloom, a rainbow of colors appear across the land. And, as the weather begins to warm, it is the perfect time to be outdoors.

For most people, this is a happy time of year. However, for people with asthma, these changes in the environment can contribute to increased asthma symptoms due to allergies.

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), many people with asthma also have allergies. People with asthma and allergies are considered to have allergic asthma. Allergic and non-allergic asthma will most often result in the same asthma symptoms. However, asthma symptoms in allergic asthma are triggered by inhaling allergens.

Unfortunately, spring is the most common time of year for people to experience seasonal allergy symptoms. Spring allergies can result from pollens in trees and grass. Trees pollinate from January to April and grass pollen is more common in the late spring and early summer. As people with allergic asthma inhale these allergens, an immune response is triggered. This response leads to inflammation and swelling in the lungs and results in coughing, wheezing and other asthma symptoms.

AAAAI stresses that it is very important for a person with allergic asthma to seek treatment from an asthma specialist, such as an allergist/immunologist. An asthma specialist can help to identify a person's asthma triggers and develop a plan for long-term management of asthma symptoms.

Don't let asthma and allergies ruin your springtime fun. Work with your primary care provider/specialist to develop a plan to manage your child's asthma and allergy symptoms. Always have your quick-relief medication on hand and take other allergy and asthma medications as prescribed by your physician.

For more information, please contact the Seton Asthma Center at (512) 324-2762.

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