If you have seasonal or environmental allergies, certain triggers can make
your asthma symptoms much worse. An
allergy doctor or asthma doctor can help you identify your triggers so that you can avoid
them and reduce your risk of symptoms. Here are some surprise allergy
triggers that allergists want you to be aware of.
Air Fresheners and Scented Candles
Air fresheners that spray or release scents into the air can trigger asthma
attacks and allergies. Air fresheners that use heated, scented oils are
particularly problematic. Scented candles can also irritate your nose
and throat and cause sneezing, wheezing, and other respiratory problems.
Allergy specialists and asthma specialists recommend that you avoid contact
with strong, heavy fragrances, especially ones that are aerated.
Swimming Pool Chemicals
The chemicals in your swimming pool can cause various reactions. Many people
are sensitive to chlorine, and may develop eczema, atopic sinus infections,
or hives after spending too much time in the pool. Chlorine sensitivity
is not considered a true allergy, but it can increase your risk of developing
secondary allergy or asthma symptoms. If you break out in hives after
swimming, avoid prolonged periods in the pool, particularly right after
chlorine is added.
Paint and Remodeling Materials
During the summer, many people choose to remodel their homes. Unfortunately,
allergy doctors have determined that fumes from household paint, paint
thinner, varnishes, primer, and other products can trigger asthma and
allergy attacks. Other remodeling materials, like plaster, drywall, manufactured
wood, vinyl floors, and wallpaper can also trigger asthma and allergies.
Ask your asthma doctor about allergy shots or immunotherapy to protect
If you’re in need of allergy treatment or
asthma treatment near King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Collegeville, Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Lansdale,
or Pottstown, come see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. To learn
more about our services, call us today at (800) 86-COUGH.