Asthma can be a difficult illness to manage without a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. This is because there are several types of asthma, each with its own unique triggers. If you or a loved one suffers from asthma, you’re probably aware of common triggers such as exercise, weather, etc. However, one of the hardest types of asthma to identify is allergic asthma.
You’ve probably noticed that asthma tends to flare up at certain times of the year as different allergens make their way into the air, but is it possible to have allergic asthma all year long? If so, what does that look like? Here’s what you need to know about non-seasonal allergic asthma.
What Is Non-Seasonal Asthma?
Asthma usually falls into one of two categories. Seasonal, and non-seasonal. Seasonal asthma triggers are often weather or environmentally related. If your asthma is worse during certain times of the year, you likely have seasonal asthma.
Non-seasonal asthma, on the other hand, is a type of asthma that can be triggered year-round. From pet hair, to mold, to exercise, non-seasonal asthma isn’t confined to a few months out of the year and it requires diligence to avoid triggers in your day-to-day life.
What Is Allergic Asthma?
Both seasonal and non-seasonal asthma can be classified as allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is a kind of asthma that is triggered by allergens as opposed to exercise or weather. Common triggers for allergic asthma include:
- Pet hair
- Tobacco smoke
- Beauty care products such as cologne, perfume, hairspray, etc.
While some of these triggers are only present at certain times of the year, such as pollen, allergic asthma is simply a type of respiratory illness that’s triggered by a reaction to something that you come in contact with.
This can often make allergic asthma difficult to manage as you have to find the common factor in all of your asthma flare-ups. However, once you identify your triggers, it can be relatively easy to avoid them.
What Triggers Non-Seasonal Allergic Asthma?
Non-seasonal allergic asthma simply combines the two categories mentioned above. It’s a type of allergic asthma brought on by allergen triggers, but isn’t confined to a certain time of the year. This can make it even more difficult to identify and manage triggers as they could show up at any time.
Common triggers for non-seasonal allergic asthma may include:
- Small pests such as mice or cockroaches
- Pet hair
- Or any other allergen trigger you may encounter year-round
- Beauty products
To manage your asthma, it’s important to speak with your doctor or healthcare provider about what triggers your asthma and how you can avoid those triggers. Once they have been identified, you can begin making changes in your life to avoid those triggers, such as changing your perfume, or taking your break away from the smoking area.
The best thing you can do to help manage your asthma is to develop a support team that can encourage you as you make lifestyle changes to avoid asthma flare-ups. Talk openly with your support team and healthcare professionals about your experiences so you can work together on an effective treatment plan.