Asthma and Eye Allergies

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If you have eye allergies the likelihood of you having allergic asthma is more. This is because those allergens that cause eye allergies are also the ones that cause allergic asthma. The allergens make the eyes watery, cause sneezing fits and lead to asthma attack. Therefore, if you have allergic asthma, your symptoms will be triggered on breathing allergens like pollens, dust mites or molds. Asthma whether allergic or non allergic could worsen on exercising in cold temperatures, inhaling smoke, dust or fumes.

Following are the symptoms one might experience in allergic asthma.

  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast breathing
  • Tightening of the chest

Some of the allergens commonly known to cause these are:

  • Pollen from trees and grass, such as ragweed
  • Mold
  • Animal dander (from hair, skin, or feathers) and saliva
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
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Recent scientific research and investigations have tried to find the harmful effect on the eyes caused by long term use of steroids which are used in asthma treatment Since, it is a known fact that those who consume steroid tablets are more likely to develop cataracts and glaucoma than those who don’t. Studies were conducted to check if the same effect occurs in case of inhaled steroids. Source: Link 

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The researchers found that high doses of inhaled steroids increased the risk of glaucoma and elevated eye pressure. Another study conducted states that the long term use inhaled steroid consumption in heavy doses has a similar effect of causing cataract in such people. While low doses pose no significant threat to the eyes, heavy doses do increase the risk of glaucoma and cataract. However, this effect is lesser than the one that steroids tablets have. A regular eye test is recommended for those over 65 years of age who have been consuming inhaled corticosteroids for a long time now to check for cataract and glaucoma. Apart from this, for those who may be allergic to allergens should take proper measures at home to prevent developing eye allergies or allergic asthma.

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