Bronchial Asthma is a condition that is commonly related to allergies. Symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath and wheezing, chronic cough, and wheezing with exercise. These symptoms can be caused by exposure to allergens in an allergic individual. The more severe the asthma, the more likely allergies are playing a role. At least 80% of children and 50 - 80% of adults with asthma have allergic asthma. Common allergens that flare the symptoms of asthma include pollens (grasses/trees/ weeds), dogs, cats, dust mites, molds and foods.
Allergy skin testing identifies those allergens that are likely making the symptoms of asthma worse. In addition, allergy skin testing identifies how severe of an allergy exists to these allergens.
Allergic asthma can be successfully treated with medication; however, identifying the allergens which make asthma worse is important in instituting a more comprehensive treatment plan. In addition to medication, this treatment plan would include environmental control measures, dietary intervention, and allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). Allergy shots are indicated and are a successful treatment for allergic asthma in adults and children.