lung disorder treatment pulmonary associates of richmondDuring the unpredictable health crisis that the world is currently facing, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy. According to the AAFA over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Allergic reactions can cause symptoms in your nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach, or on the skin. Allergies can also trigger asthma, making it more difficult to breathe. Pulmonary Associates of Richmond shares the connection between lung health and allergies, and what you can do to protect your lungs. 

How Do Allergies Affect Lung Health

Asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath are closely related to allergies. Allergens such as ragweed, pollen, animal dander, or dust mites can trigger these symptoms.  Irritants in the air like smoke, chemical fumes, strong odors, or extreme weather conditions can also be triggers. In more extreme cases, hypersensitivity pneumonitis can occur. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is an allergic reaction that causes inflammation in the lung tissue and the smallest airways.

How Seasonal Allergies Affect Healthy Lungs

Anyone who deals with allergies knows how miserable seasonal allergies can be. Symptoms of seasonal allergies can include wheezing, sneezing and coughing. Seasonal allergies can impact lungs by triggering asthma, allergic bronchitis, and other lung problems. Pollen is one of the most common triggers of allergies. Plants release pollen each spring, summer, and early fall. Exposure to the pollen can cause allergic reactions that can affect your lungs.

How To Protect Your Lungs 

– Check the air quality and pollen forecasts before you venture outside

– Do any yard work early in the morning when pollen counts are at their lowest

– Keep your home clean to avoid indoor allergens

– Know your triggers, and avoid them. If you aren’t sure what your triggers are an appointment with an allergist can help you pinpoint them.

If you struggle with severe allergies, consult with Pulmonary Associates of Richmond. Our team of pulmonary specialists can diagnose seasonal allergies, prescribe medications, and recommend tests to evaluate the health of your lungs, and explain the ways that your allergies impact lungs and overall health. Contact us to schedule your pulmonary appointment today, and let us help you breathe better.