The Link Between Asthma and Allergies

Many people seem to think that Allergies and Asthma a separate from each other. However, there is a connection between the two.

First off, Allergies and Asthma share some of the same triggers (pollen, mold, dust mites, pet dander). Even triggers in patients with skin and food allergies can have an effect on Asthma symptoms.

Secondly, it is important to know that allergic reactions can trigger asthma symptoms. When your body suffers an allergic reaction, your immune system mistakenly identifies a target like tree pollen as an invader. In return your body reacts in this case with an allergic response such as watery eyes, sneezing, etc. This reaction can also take on an asthmatic response affecting your lungs and breathing.

More importantly, people need to know if they are at risk of developing these symptoms. Starting with your family history is a good place. If someone in your family has a history of asthma or allergies you’re at a much greater risk of developing symptoms.

Still not sure if you have asthma or allergies?

Meet Dr. Lauren Hiyama

Dr. Hiyama is a native of the Central California Valley. Growing up in Fowler, Dr. Hiyama knows and understands first-hand what it means to deal with allergies and asthma in the valley. After completing his Allergy and Immunology fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Hiyama returned to the Central Valley to treat allergy and asthma patients. Dr. Hiyama is Board Certified by American Board of Allergy & Immunology and American Board of Internal Medicine.

If you have questions about your allergy and asthma symptoms, schedule and appointment today with Dr. Hiyama by calling 559-436-4500.