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Is It Asthma or Is It Allergies?

Okay, here’s a test. When you exhibit these symptoms is it a signs of asthma or allergies? Wheezing and gasping during and following physical exertion? Trouble breathing when you are exposed to cats or high pollen counts? Feeling like your chest is filled with mucus?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions you may suffer from allergies. Or you may suffer from asthma. Or you may even suffer from both. While allergy or asthma symptoms can be similar and easily confused, the fact is their causes and the ways they are treated are very different.

Here’s a few ways you might be able to distinguish between asthma and allergies. Wheezing, coughing, gasping to catch your breath and a feeling of tightness in the chest, especially during physical exertion, are some of the common signs of asthma. So are frequent and persistent colds.

While allergies can present in different ways, including sinus and skin allergies, they too can involve persistent chest colds and coughing, sneezing and wheezing brought on by a reaction to pets, mold and pollen.

The fact is that asthma and allergies symptoms can be easily mistaken for each other. In fact, some people are dealing with allergic asthma. So how do you know and what do you do? Only a physician can give you a proper diagnosis, and in turn find the most effective medication for your specific condition.