Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma there is. Approximately 60 percent of asthma patients have allergic asthma, a type of asthma in which an allergic trigger can lead to asthma attacks and symptoms. Over 2.5 million children also suffer from allergic asthma.
Because allergens are everywhere, it’s important to be aware of allergies and asthma triggers. People with allergic asthma are hypersensitive to particular allergens. Once exposed to these allergens, their immune system overreacts. Muscles surrounding the airways contract (called bronchospasm), and inflammation and overproduction of mucus happens in the airways.
Patients with allergic asthma often have the same symptoms as patients with nonallergic asthma. They include:
- Chest contractions
- Fast breathing
- Shortness of breath