| Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Short of Breath During Allergy Season? You May Have Asthma

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

senior-woman-outside-meditatingAsthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the lung’s airways. This can make breathing difficult or even impossible. If left unmanaged or misdiagnosed, asthma can be deadly. About 3,300 people die from it every year.1

Many people think all asthma is the same. Not so. Generally, there are two types of asthma: allergy-induced asthma and nonallergy-induced asthma.

Common triggers for non allergy-induced asthma include:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Colds and the flu
  • Exposure to extreme weather

Allergy-induced asthma is caused by exposure to allergens, such as:

  • Grass, tree, ragweed and other weed pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold

Just because some people with asthma have allergies doesn’t mean all people with allergies have asthma.

Symptoms

Some people with asthma have such mild symptoms they may not even know they have it. For other people, the symptoms are severe and can be life threatening.

Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Whistling or wheezing sounds while breathing
  • Increased mucus production
  • Coughing

Treatment

Many people are able to successfully manage their asthma symptoms and live an active and healthy life. There is no cure for asthma, but medications may help control the symptoms. If you think you have asthma, make an appointment to see your primary care doctor or an allergist.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

Asthma Information: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Learn About Medicare: Medicare Made Clear

Medicare.gov: Visit the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

 

Asthma, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, April 14, 2015

 

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