What are the most common triggers for asthma
January 8th, 2019
Asthma triggers vary from person-to-person, but they are usually caused by:
- Outdoor allergens, such as pollen
- Indoor allergens, like dust, pet fur or damp
- Certain drugs and food additives
- Air pollution, especially from traffic
- Irritants, such as tobacco smoke and dust
- Colds, the flu or other illnesses
How are allergies and hay fever related to asthma?
Allergies and hay fever, can sadly perpetuate Asthma for some people.
For most people pollen is harmless. However, Hay fever – particularly from grass pollen – can be a risk to people with asthma as your immune system overreacts and produces histamine. It’s the histamine that irritates your nose, eyes and throat, giving you typical hay fever symptoms.
There are several different types of asthma. Allergic asthma is a type of asthma that is triggered by an allergy (for example, pollen or mold spores).
For many people with asthma, this release of histamine when they have hay fever makes asthma symptoms worse.
Having a blocked nose can also be a problem for your asthma.
Usually when you breathe in, you breathe in through your nose, so the air is warmed up and moistenend before it gets to your airways. But when your nose is blocked you breathe in through your mouth, so the air you’re inhaling is colder and drier.
In some people with asthma, the airways are sensitive to this and react. This can lead to asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, a shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.
What are the most effective treatments for asthma?
Sadly, there isn’t a cure for Asthma, but there are lots of effective treatments available to help manage the condition. If you are diagnosed with asthma your doctor will discuss all of these with you and decide which best suits your needs.
The blue inhaler is one of the most common treatments for Asthma and usually after just take a few puffs on the inhaler it should relieve them. However, if you are relying on the blue inhaler frequently (more than three times a week), then see your GP to talk about using a preventative inhaler. These contain steroid, which reduces the inflammation in the lungs that can trigger an asthma attack. If a reliver and preventer inhaler still isn’t working, then a combination inhaler may be prescribed to help control their asthma.
Steroid and Non-steroid tablets
Non-steroid tablets relax your airways and reduce your body’s response to allergens.
If other treatments aren’t helping to manage your symptoms your GP may prescribe you steroid tablets. These can be given as a treatment when you are suffering from an asthma attack to relieve symptoms. They can cause side-effects too.
If you suffer from severe asthma your doctor may suggest you have injections at regular intervals to help control your symptoms.
Which pharmaceutical companies are most active in the area of asthma?
There are many Pharma companies who are pro-active in the world of Asthma, from research to technological advances with medication management. These include GlaxoSmithKline ;Sanofi ;Roche & Novartis ;Teva ;Merck ;AstraZeneca ;Boehringer Ingelheim
We at Now Patient are leading the way in the tele-Pharmacy space, supplying Asthma medication (ordered via our app) to people needing repeat prescriptions.
Are there any promising new treatments currently being developed for asthma?
New treatments for asthma are constantly being researched and developed.
Recent advances in injectable biologics and smart medical devices have led to an increase in new ways to treat severe asthma.
Last month it was announced that Rutgers New Jersey Medical School researchers have identified a new treatment that could lead to more effective drug therapy for millions of individuals with asthma. Learn More