MESA, AZ - Itchy eyes, runny noses and plenty of sneezing are all signs that spring is here. While the symptoms might seem harmless, allergies can trigger hidden asthma.
Allergy-induced asthma is one of the most common forms of the condition, but it often goes unrecognized.
According to the staff at healthguidance.org , your body produces histamines when exposed to allergens. Histamines attempt to clean the body of those allergens.
In the case of allergy induced asthma, those histamines go to work in the bronchial passages, causing them to restrict.
That leads to breathing difficulty. If you've never noticed the symptoms before, especially for a child, the experience can be scary.
Physicians at Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa report a spike in children presenting those symptoms. It is spring after all, and right now pollen from trees and grass is at a yearly high.
You can lower your chances of suffering from the condition by doing a few simple steps.
Kimberly Reiners, pediatric asthma education at Cardon Children's Hospital suggests washing your bedding at least once a week to clean out pollen, dust and dust mites that may be in it.
She also suggests showering before climbing into bed. That will wash off the allergens before they have a chance to settle in your sheets.
Children who are experiencing allergy-induced asthma may be running a little slower than their playmates. They may have trouble catching their breath as well. In extreme cases, when they can't get enough air, you may begin to see blue around their mouths.
That's an indication to get your child to the emergency room as soon as possible.
A doctor can diagnose allergy induced asthma and prescribe simple treatments to keep symptoms at bay.
If your child has already been diagnosed, they can find others like them at a pediatric asthma support group event this Saturday.
Children with the condition and their parents can come together Saturday at AIRWORX Trampoline Entertainment Center at 4960 W. Ray Rd in Chandler.
The event begins at 10am. It's free for children with Asthma who are required to bring their rescue inhaler. All others will pay $8.
To register, call Kimberly Reiners at (480) 412-7902.