Allergic Asthma Overview

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.

As allergens are everywhere, it is important to be aware of the allergy and the asthma trigger. 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). In addition, an inflammation and production of mucus occurs in the airways.

Patients with allergic asthma often have the same symptoms as patients with nonallergic asthma. They include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest contraction
  • Fast breathing
  • Shortness of breath

Read more in this allergic asthma patient education guide.

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