Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma. Many of the symptoms of allergic and non-allergic asthma are the same. However, allergic asthma is triggered by inhaling allergens.
An allergen is a typically harmless substance such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen or mold. If you are allergic to a substance, this allergen triggers a response starting in the immune system. Through a complex reaction, these allergens then cause the passages in the airways of the lungs to become inflamed and swollen. This results in coughing, wheezing and other asthma symptoms.
Learn more about asthma symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management.
It is important for people with allergic asthma to seek treatment from a specialist. An asthma specialist, such as an allergist / immunologist, will identify your allergic triggers and develop a plan to help you manage your condition.
The AAAAI's Find an Allergist / Immunologist service is a trusted resource to help you find a specialist close to home.