Allergies can range from mild uncomfortable symptoms to severe life threatening reactions. Allergens vary greatly between individuals, most common being pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, foods, medications etc. Identifying and documenting these triggers can help patients control and avoid allergic symptoms.
Although many symptoms are mild (i.e. headaches, nasal drainage, hay fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, hives, eczema etc.), incidences of life threatening anaphylaxis can also occur in those with severe allergic reactions. For patients who have a history of anaphylaxis, an epinephrine pen (Epi-Pen) should be kept with them as all times.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways. It causes symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, making it difficult to breath. While there is no cure for asthma, there are many treatments available to control your symptoms and decrease exacerbation.