Allergies and Shortness of Breath: Identifying Triggers and Minimizing Exposure

Shortness of breath Shortness of breath can be a distressing symptom of allergies. They can trigger respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and other pulmonary disorders. It can make it difficult to breathe comfortably. 

In this blog, we’ll explore common triggers for allergies and shortness of breath, plus strategies for minimizing exposure to these triggers and improving your respiratory health.

What Are the Triggers for Allergies and Shortness of Breath?

One of the major triggers for allergies is pollen. Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Moreover, dust mites can also elicit your immune response. The mites are microscopic insects that thrive in warm, humid environments. You can also find them in bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpeting. 

Pet dander is also a common trigger. Proteins in the skin, saliva, and urine of pets can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Moreover, mold spores can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory symptoms in younger ones. Mold thrives in damp, humid environments such as bathrooms, basements, and kitchens. They can cause severe infections in the elderly, too.

How to Minimize Exposure

Start using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in air purifiers and vacuum cleaners. They can remove allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander from indoor air. Clean and dust surfaces to reduce the accumulation of allergens.

Keep indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% to prevent the growth of mold. Use dehumidifiers in damp areas of the home and fix any leaks or water damage immediately. 

You can also check pollen counts and air quality forecasts before spending time outdoors. Wear a mask when doing outdoor activities like gardening or yard work to reduce inhalation of allergens.

Book Your Allergy Treatment in New York

Try to identify your triggers and manage them at the initial stage. If symptoms persist or worsen despite your efforts, call us at 212-480-4062 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Marc Bowen, NYC Pulmonologist. 

Dr. Bowen and the team at MXBowen Physician, P.C. can assess your symptoms, identify potential triggers, and recommend personalized treatment options. Let us help you breathe easier and feel better. Don’t let allergies and shortness of breath hold you back.

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