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Allergies can cause asthma in certain people. But not everyone who has allergies gets asthma, and not all asthma happens because of allergies.
Allergies and asthma can be a little confusing, so let’s find out more.
Most of the time, your immune (say: ih-MYOON) system fights germs to help you stay healthy.
But in kids with allergies, the immune system treats things called allergens (such as pollen or pet dander) as if they’re invading the body, like a bad germ. When the immune system reacts to the allergen, a kid gets allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose or red, itchy eyes.
Some kids also get asthma symptoms, like coughing, wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest.
If you have asthma, it’s a good idea to find out what’s causing it. To figure out what they’re allergic to, sometimes kids will visit a special doctor called an allergist(say: AL-ler-jist).
The allergist might find that you are allergic to certain things. If you are, the best way to prevent allergic reactions (and to help stop asthma symptoms from bugging you) is to avoid being around those allergens. The doctor also may prescribe medicine for your allergies if you can’t completely avoid what’s causing them.
Asthma means breathing problems. Find out what’s going on in the lungs and how to stay healthy, if you have it.
Asthma makes it hard to breathe. Find out more in this article for kids.
During an allergic reaction, your body’s immune system goes into overdrive. Find out more in this article for kids.
Most kids who have asthma also have some kind of allergy, too.
If you have asthma, you want to breathe easy at home. Find out how in this article for kids.
Dirty air can be bad news for someone with asthma. Find out more in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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