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Most cases of asthma involve an allergy. Like nonallergic asthma, symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. But with allergic asthma, these symptoms are brought on by breathing allergens, substances that trigger an allergic reaction. Common allergens include pollens, molds, animal dander, dust mites and cockroach droppings.
Immune System 101
The immune system helps defend the body against attacks by substances that are foreign invaders. In an allergy, the substance that sets the immune system in motion is an allergen. This substance is normally harmless. But in an allergic person, the immune system mistakes it for a threat.
Antibodies are molecules made by the immune system to help capture unwelcome invaders. One such antibody is known as immunoglobulin E (IgE). Here's how it works:
Is It Allergic Asthma?
Could your asthma be triggered by allergies? These questions can help you decide. Discuss your answers with your health care provider, who can make a definite diagnosis.
You and your health care provider can work together to find the best treatment to control your symptoms. Your provider can also offer tips on reducing your contact with allergens.
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