How Common Is Allergic Asthma?

By Adem Lewis / in , , /

– Allergic asthma is very common. Mainly because allergic
asthma is related to seasonal allergies, and
it’s estimated about 30% of the U.S. population
has seasonal allergies, and probably half of those people end up getting some asthma
with their allergies. They may not even feel it. It can be very subtle. It can be just a slight change in their ability to do things. A little bit more short of
breath, a little chest tightness, a little chest congestion,
and people tend to ignore it. The other thing that happen is in between those allergy attacks, their lungs can go back to normal, and they may not have asthma in between their allergy attacks. So, it can get missed for a while. So, whenever I see patients
who have seasonal allergies, and it’s a question I always ask, I always look to see if they have some subtle symptoms of asthma, and usually, you’ll find something. And in those patients, making sure that allergies
are treated really well helps their asthma. So, you don’t necessarily
need to treat the asthma, you just need to treat their allergies.

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