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Your Treatment Options for Allergic Asthma
Asthma and allergies are diferent but related conditions. Something they share is immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. This may explain why certain therapies that treat allergies also may work for asthma.
Some people with allergies produce IgE when they come in contact with common substances like weed pollen or animal dander. The antibodies tell cells to release chemicals to protect the body from the substances. The release can cause chest tightening, wheezing and other asthma symptoms. People with allergic asthma have lifelong swelling in their airways. The swelling worsens when they encounter the same substances that produce allergic reactions.
If you have allergic asthma, try to avoid substances that trigger symptoms. Your doctor may also recommend these therapies:
●● Prescription medications called bronchodilators help to open infamed airways.
●● Prescription medicines known as corticosteroids reduce swelling in the airways and can make symptoms less serious.
●● Allergy shots contain small amounts of the substances that cause symptoms. They can make you less sensitive to allergens.
●● Injected medicine called omalizumab blocks the efects of IgE.
Some people respond better to a combination of treatments. Your doctor can advise which therapy is best for you.
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