Asthma attacks can be caused or triggered due to the action of certain allergens. This means that asthma is triggered by allergies which tend to increase the inflammation caused and make it difficult for the asthmatic patient to breathe normally. The following are some of the most common types of asthma triggering allergies:
While it is true that food allergies might not cause asthma but they can lead to certain reactions which is even life threatening to a few. The following is a list of certain foods which can lead to these reactions:
- Tree nuts such as walnuts and almonds
- Wine and beer
- Dried fruits
- Pickled foods
- Bottled lemon juice
Among the above mentioned allergens, some are food preservatives which trigger asthma reaction. This happens because some of these preservatives contain substances like sodium metabisulphite, sodium bisulphite, potassium bisulphite and potassium metabisulphite.
Apart from food items which are consumed, there are many other types of allergens which are inhaled and thus lead to an asthmatic reaction. The following are some of the commonly inhaled allergens
- Animal dander
- Dust mites
- Cockroach particles
If you think that an inhaled allergen has caused your asthma to worsen, then you must immediately consult a doctor. The doctor will then conduct either a blood test or a skin prick test to find out which allergen is the cause of your asthma reaction.
What these allergens do is that they lead to symptoms of asthma. So if you are susceptible to any of these allergens then there is a chance that you might start showing symptoms of asthma. For this, knowing or identifying these symptoms is important. The following are some common symptoms of asthmatic reaction or asthma attack
- Frequent Wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing frequently and sometimes uncontrollably
- Pain in the chest
- Tightness in the chest
- Pressure in the chest area
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Signs of upper respiratory infection such as cold
- Feeling tired when doing some physical work such as exercise.
- Feeling weak due to reasons unknown
It is important to know that not everybody shows the same signs and symptoms of asthma and your symptoms might depend upon your exact condition of asthma. For example, those with mild asthma do not show the same symptoms as those with severe levels of this respiratory disease or inflammation.
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