Asthma & Allergies

Asthma & Allergies

Allergies are sensitivities to things in the environment, like pollen, animal dander, feathers, dust, or mold. The person may react to these allergens with itching, sneezing, hives, or an anaphylactic reaction. Sometimes an allergy can trigger an asthma attack. In asthma the airways become inflamed, narrow, or blocked, making it hard to breathe. Signs and symptoms of an asthma attack include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

Asthma and allergies in children include the following topics:

  • allergic rhinitis
  • behavior and asthma
  • breast milk allergy
  • cold urticaria
  • exercise induced asthma
  • food allergies
  • gastroesophageal reflux and asthma
  • hives
  • latex allergy and latex hypersensitivity
  • molds
  • reactive airway disease

Visit these websites for more information:

Allergic Conditions: Pediatric Asthma - American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology

Asthma in Children - U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Asthma in Children Index - American Lung Association

Asthma Tutorial - Children's Medical Center of the University of Virginia

Breath of Life Web Sites - U.S. National Library of Medicine (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

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