If you have allergic asthma, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is out to get you. Pollen. Pet dander. Saliva. Mold. Dust mites. Cockroaches. All these allergens (that is, allergy-causing substances) can cause your asthma to react. And it’s next-to-impossible to avoid every single one.
After an inevitable encounter with one or more allergen, allergic asthma will cause your body to react. And your body will do so by releasing cells to fight off the allergens, which can trigger inflammation in your lungs, making it incredibly difficult for you to breathe.
If your body’s reaction is severe enough, you could end up dealing with an asthma attack. In that case, you may barely be able to breathe, feel chest tightness or pain, and deal with harsh coughing and wheezing.
All of which can make simple tasks that involve one or more allergens, such as gardening, seem too difficult to be worth it. And it may even prompt you to ask the one question all asthma patients and their loved ones ask at some point: is my condition curable?
Technically, no, but you can drastically reduce the symptoms.
Unfortunately, like any other type of asthma, allergic asthma has no cure.
But there are those who say their asthma was cured. Surely, that’s possible, right? Again, no. While some asthma patients discover that their symptoms have seemingly disappeared, that doesn’t mean they have rid themselves of asthma. No matter how diminished a person’s asthma reactions are, the disease will still be active.
As a chronic disease, asthma doesn’t go away. But with the proper treatment, the symptoms of the condition can be drastically reduced or even eliminated.
You just need to treat your condition properly.
To treat allergic asthma properly, you should talk to your doctor about available treatments. However, the two most likely ones you’ll need to consider are as follows.
Keeping any sort of asthma under control usually involves two types of medication.
The first is a long-term control medication like fluticasone/salmeterol (also known as generic Advair). You’ll need to take this medication daily. Doing so will help control your asthma symptoms and reduce your chance of experiencing asthma attacks.
The second is a quick-relief medication, which you won't need to take regularly. Instead, you'll save this medication for whenever you experience an asthma attack. The medication will act quickly, ending your asthma attack rapidly before it can worsen.
A potential way of reducing your asthma severity, need for medication, and risk of asthma attacks all in one go is through immunotherapy. It usually involves injecting a serum of allergens into your bloodstream to help your body stop viewing allergens as harmful.
According to a review of trials with this treatment from the website Cochrane, immunotherapy may even be as effective as asthma medication. But it’s important to note that it isn’t without risks. In some cases, people may experience anaphylaxis in response to immunotherapy. However, these cases are considered to be rare.
In time, you may see your symptoms disappear entirely, but don’t be fooled.
Over time, you may feel like you no longer need your treatment. After all, if enough time goes by and your asthma has seemingly stopped reacting, you’re probably safe to live treatment-free, right?
Wrong. Your asthma will need treatment for your entire life to remain under control. If you slacken that control, you could suffer unexpected asthma attacks and other serious symptoms at times you least want them.
So stick to your treatment. It’s not a cure, but it can make you feel like your condition has all but disappeared.
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