Asthma & Allergy

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Asthma is a condition where the airways of the lungs are hyperresponsive—they overreact—to a specific trigger such as allergens (including to pet dander, dust mites, or pollen), cold air, or exercise.
An allergic reaction is when the body responds to something that it sees as a threat, even though it isn’t. A mild reaction may cause minor symptoms, like sneezing or itchy eyes. A severe reaction is anaphylaxis, and it can be life-threatening.
Angioedema is sudden swelling of the deep layer of your skin in one part of your body—most often in the face, mouth, or throat. But it can also affect the hands and feet, genitals, and the bowel wall.
Rhinitis is a swelling and inflammation inside of the nose, causing a runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. Rhinitis can be allergic or nonallergic. There are OTC and prescription meds to relieve symptoms.
Wheezing, associated with difficult breathing, is a high-pitched whine or squeaky sound that comes from deep within your lungs when you inhale and/or exhale.
An asthma attack is when asthma symptoms worsen. The lining of the airways becomes inflamed, making it hard to breathe. An asthma attack can be an urgent situation that requires immediate medical attention.
It's hard enough worrying that every cough or sniffle is a sign of COVID-19. For those with allergies, it can be even harder. We’ll help you figure it out.