Asthma and allergies – Learn the Link
Research by expert groups reveals :
- 75% of asthma patients also have seasonal allergies.
- Asthma and seasonal allergies are related conditions – both diseases of the airway that are caused by inflammation.
- The two conditions frequently overlap, as several of the same allergens are known to trigger asthma and seasonal allergy exacerbations.
- Seasonal allergies tend to make asthma worse and may be a risk factor for the development of asthma.
- Effective treatment of seasonal allergies can reduce asthma symptoms and may even help prevent the development of asthma.
Because asthma and seasonal allergies are so closely linked, it makes sense to treat them together, and when possible, with one approach – this is known as the ‘one airway, one disease’ concept.
Seasonal allergies greatly affect the quality of life for those with asthma
- 68% unable to participate
- 44% unable to enjoy social activities
- 61% experienced a loss of concentration at work or school
- 74% unable to get a good nights sleep
Source: One Airway Survey, Harris Interactive.