Allergic Asthma

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Allergic asthma is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance (allergen) that results in symptoms of an asthma attack: difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Allergens that can cause allergic asthma attacks include pollen, mold, animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, and certain chemicals.

An attack may occur from a few minutes to an hour after exposure to an allergen or as long as 4 to 12 hours later. Controlling a person's exposure to substances that trigger allergic asthma attacks may prevent the attacks or help make them less severe. Also, there are medicines to help reduce the reaction to the allergen.

Current as of: February 20, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology