Are You Sneezing or Wheezing?

Is it allergies or asthma? Both conditions are common and many people who have asthma have allergies as well. Understanding the symptoms and triggers of each can help you regain control.

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. If you have asthma you’ll experience symptoms when the airways (breathing passages) in your lungs become red, swollen and filled with mucus. Your airway muscles become twitchy, squeeze together and tighten around the airway, making it difficult for air to pass through when you breathe.

Did you know that roughly 9% of people over the age of 12 have asthma

The good news is it can be controlled. By knowing and avoiding your asthma triggers, and using the right treatment, you can be symptom free.

What are Allergies?

Allergies are reactions to common things that are normally harmless. When you have allergies these things are called allergens or triggers. Allergy symptoms can vary from person to person and may vary based on what you are allergic to.

Your allergy symptoms may include:
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Eczema - rough red skin
  • Hives - swollen mounds on your skin
  • Dark circles under and around the eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheeze
  • Cough

Asthma and Allergies

Many people with asthma also have allergies.

Although everyone has different triggers, inhaled allergens, such as dust and pollen, are the most common allergies seen in people with asthma. If you have asthma and allergies you’ll have reactions in your airways as well as your usual allergy symptoms. Whatever triggers your allergy symptoms will likely trigger asthma symptoms as well.

Effective treatment of seasonal allergies can reduce allergy symptoms and may help prevent asthma symptoms, too.

You can control your sneezing and wheezing. Just ask your Walmart Pharmacist to show you how.

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is knowledgeable about allergies and asthma, and what you can do to breathe easier. Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

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