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For some children who have asthma, allergies can trigger asthma symptoms. Allergies can also cause a certain type of asthma called allergic asthma. In this handout, you will learn how tips to manage your child’s asthma and allergy symptoms. You will also learn how to keep allergens out of your home.
Asthma is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed (swell or tighten). The airways are tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. When the airways are inflamed, it can be hard for your child to breathe.
For some children, environmental allergies (allergies caused by things outdoors or indoors) can trigger asthma symptoms or make them worse. Environmental allergies can also lead to allergic asthma (asthma triggered by things you breathe in, like pollen or dust).
There are different symptoms for asthma and allergies. Allergies usually affect the eyes, nose and throat. Asthma affects the lungs.
Ask your child’s primary care provider. He can help you figure out which of your child’s symptoms are caused by allergies or asthma. He can also figure out if allergy testing would be helpful for your child.
An asthma attack is when a person’s asthma symptoms suddenly and quickly get worse. It becomes very hard for the person to breathe. Sometimes asthma attacks happen without warning. Other times, a person might feel an asthma attack coming on.
If your child has an asthma attack, follow the steps in his Asthma Action Plan. If your child does not have an Asthma Action Plan, ask the care team to create one with you.
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