Allergy and asthma flares are difficult at any time of the year, but especially here in South Texas.
More than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. For people with severe forms of the disease, every breath can be a struggle.
"About 60 percent of that population of asthmatics have allergic asthma," said Corpus Christi Medical Center Emergency Director Dr. Juan Ramirez.
People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance.
"Allergic asthma is a hyperactive airway that is caused by different allergens. Some of them are rodent dust, mite dust, cockroaches, wood fires, and also some infections like sinus infections, otitisinfections in the kids, or super colds. All of those can induce allergic asthma as well," said Dr. Ramirez.
Corpus Christi Medical Center Emergency Director Dr. Juan Ramirez says if left untreated, this can be deadly.
"Asthma in general, and allergic asthma can be life-threatening, especially in little kids or in kids who have allergic asthma. Because the immunological response is very fast and very high, that can cause the airway to tighten up, and also develop the secretions to be released that can trigger severe respiratory distress," said Dr. Ramirez.
The big question is…is this preventable?
There have been a lot of studies that have shown that the proper use of long-term inhalers and medication for asthma can prevent dramatically, and decrease dramatically, and therefore decrease the asthma morbidity and mortality in our population," said Dr. Ramirez.
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. You may have infrequent asthma attacks, have symptoms only at certain times - such as when exercising - or have symptoms all the time.
Asthma signs and symptoms include:
Signs that your asthma is probably worsening include:
When to see a doctor/Seek emergency treatment:
Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Work with your doctor to determine what to do when your signs and symptoms worsen - and when you need emergency treatment. Signs of an asthma emergency include:
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