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Many people with asthma are allergic to asthma things that they breathe. These tiny particles that can cause allergic reactions are called "allergens" pronounced AL'-ER-genz. Examples of airborne allergens are the pollens of grasses, trees, and weeds, spores of molds, danders of cats and dogs and other furry animals, debris from cockroaches, and house dust mites.
People with a tendency to allergies will usually be allergic to some but not all such allergens; different people are allergic to different things. Breathing in Allergens Can Make Your Asthma Worse and Can Cause Asthmatic Attacks.
Day to day inhalation of allergens to which you are sensitive can worsen the inflammation of the bronchial tubes in asthma (see pamphlet entitled, What is Meant by "Inflammation" in Asthma).
It can make your asthma more active (meaning that you are more likely to be troubled by cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness, or nighttime awakenings from asthma symptoms) and make you more likely to have a serious attack of asthma. In addition, heavy exposure to an allergen to which you are sensitive can bring on a sudden attack of asthma or an attack that develops a few hours after the exposure. It May Be Helpful to Determine the Allergens to Which You Are Sensitive.
You and your doctor may decide that it would be helpful to know to which allergens you are sensitive.
At the Asthma Center we use this information less often plano for the purpose of initiating "allergy shots" (also called desensitization injections) and more often to help reduce your exposure to those things that may specifically worsen your asthma.
For with instance, if you are strongly allergic to the house dust mite, simple actions can be taken in the home, and especially in the bedroom, that will decrease the amount of allergen from dust mites that you breathe in, causing a likely improvement in your. Reviewing Your Own Experiences With Allergic Exposures. The process of determining your particular allergies to inhaled allergens begins by considering those exposures that have caused you to have asthmatic reactions in the past: Is your asthma worse in the Spring or Fall?
Does it come on when you dust or vacuum? Does a damp, mildewy room cause you to have symptoms of asthma? These and similar questions are important to determining your asthmatic allergies and to interpreting the results of allergy testing.
Tests for Allergic Sensitivity, besides reviewing your own past experiences, there are two principal methods to test for your sensitivity to various allergens. One involves a blood test to yze for antibody proteins that your body may have made in reaction to particular allergens; the other involves testing for reactions in your skin to the same allergens that you might breathe. At the Asthma Center we rely primarily on the latter (allergy skin tests) because they are more sensitive, less expensive, give immediate results, and can test a larger number of different allergens than the blood tests.
This pamphlet discusses the details of this process of allergy skin testing.