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Do allergies cause asthma?

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People often have both allergies and asthma. Having indoor allergies -- to dust, animal proteins (particularly cat and dog allergens), dust mites, cockroaches, fungi, and mold -- can put you at risk for asthma. Changes that have made houses more energy efficient may expose you to more of these triggers.

Some people are born with atopy, a greater sensitivity to common allergens especially in the air and food that can lead to eczema, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, and asthma.

Indoor air pollution such as cigarette smoke and fumes from cleaners and paints can cause allergic reactions and asthma.

From: Asthma Risk Factors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Smolley, L. , Norton, 1999. Porsbjerg, C. , 2006. Kirkpatrick, G.L. 1996. Weiss, S.T. , 3rd ed., Little Brown, 1993. Litonjua, A.A. 2006. Beuther, D. , April 1, 2007. WebMD Medical News: "Toxins in Dust Raise Incidence of Asthma."  CDC: "Asthma: Risk Factors."







Breathe Right NowChestPrim CareBronchial Asthma Mechanisms and TherapeuticsAm J Clin NutrAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES: Smolley, L. , Norton, 1999. Porsbjerg, C. , 2006. Kirkpatrick, G.L. 1996. Weiss, S.T. , 3rd ed., Little Brown, 1993. Litonjua, A.A. 2006. Beuther, D. , April 1, 2007. WebMD Medical News: "Toxins in Dust Raise Incidence of Asthma."  CDC: "Asthma: Risk Factors."







Breathe Right NowChestPrim CareBronchial Asthma Mechanisms and TherapeuticsAm J Clin NutrAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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