Asthma and Al­ler­gies

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Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

Many peo­ple think of asthma and al­ler­gies as two dis­tinct en­ti­ties, but they are closely re­lated and of­ten oc­cur to­gether. Asthma is a chronic in­flam­ma­tory lung dis­ease char­ac­ter­ized by acute episodes of breath­ing prob­lems. There are two types of asthma: Non-al­ler­gic and al­ler­gic (or al­lergy-in­duced). Al­ler­gic asthma is more com­mon. Non-al­ler­gic asthma is trig­gered by cold or dry air, smoke, viruses, ex­er­cise, or stress, for in­stance. Al­ler­gic asthma, on the other hand, can be trig­gered by the same things that cause al­ler­gic rhini­tis, such as pollen. In fact, some re­searchers hy­poth­e­size that al­ler­gic rhini­tis may be an early stage of what can be called ‘united air­way dis­ease’, which of­ten pro­gresses to asthma, fea­tur­ing the same in­flam­ma­tory pro­cesses in both the nasal pas­sages and air­ways. If you have al­ler­gic rhini­tis, talk to your doc­tor about be­ing tested for early signs of asthma. Ef­fec­tive treat­ment of al­ler­gic rhini­tis via med­i­ca­tion or im­munother­apy can be the key to pre­vent­ing the devel­op­ment of asthma or at least min­i­miz­ing its symp­toms.

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