Bad allergy season can mean first asthma encounter

April 7, 2014 3:56:13 PM PDT
After a late start, spring allergy season is here. Tree pollen is already running at high levels in the area.

Doctors say when there's a bad season, it's not unusual for people to develop asthma for the first time.

Allergies are one of the most common triggers for asthma.

And the symptoms aren't always severe.

"They say - Wwell, i've never had an asthma attack. I haven't been to the hospital because of my asthma. That's actually a good thing - we don't want that. But even just a chronic cough can be a symptom of asthma and you should get that checked out," says Dr. Rachel Szekely, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic.

As a nurse, here's what we say - An asthma cough is typically a dry, hacking cough that gets worse with talking or exercise.

If it lasts more than a week or so, you should be checked by a healthcare provider.

If you have ANY shortness of breath, you need to be seen right away.


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