Asthma And Eczema

Asthma And Eczema
More than 20% of adults with eczema have allergic asthma, many have seasonal hay fever, and 15% of children ages 3-18 months with eczema have a food allergy and an increased likelihood of developing asthma. Understanding the connection between allergies, asthma, and eczema helps the doctors at Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical in Tracy, California, effectively manage these conditions. Whether you have seasonal allergies, an itchy rash, or asthma, call or schedule your appointment online today.

Asthma and Eczema Q & A

Patel, Pulliam & Hubli Medical

What is eczema?

Eczema describes a variety of skin conditions but usually refers to atopic dermatitis. When you scratch this type of red, dry, itchy rash, it can ooze and crust over. If you continue scratching, your skin can darken and grow thicker.

What causes eczema?

The cause of eczema isn’t entirely clear, but a variety of factors can contribute, including:

  • Environment
  • Activities leading to skin sensitivity
  • Abnormal functioning of the immune system
  • Defects in the skin barrier
  • Genetics

Eczema is most common in children, with symptoms improving as they grow.

Exposure to common allergens causes most forms of eczema, but eczema itself is not an allergic reaction. However, children with eczema often have allergies to foods like nuts, milk, or eggs, which can make their symptoms worse.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease that makes breathing difficult. When you experience asthma symptoms, the airways to the lungs carrying oxygen become inflamed and narrow. This narrowing causes symptoms like wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, and shortness of breath.

What causes asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that can have several causes, including:

  • Environmental, food, and food additive allergies
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Severe heartburn
  • Smoking
  • Upper respiratory tract infections and sinusitis
  • Some medications

A physical exam including a pulmonary function test helps your physician at Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical make an asthma diagnosis.

Is there a connection between asthma and eczema?

Research shows direct connections between eczema, asthma, and allergies: 50-70% of children with atopic dermatitis subsequently develop asthma.

Additional studies report that allergies and asthma often occur in the same people. There’s even evidence that if parents have asthma, eczema, or allergies, it’s more likely that their children will experience these issues as well.

How are asthma and eczema treated?

Understanding the triggers of your asthma and eczema symptoms is the first step in managing your condition.

After performing a comprehensive physical exam, including a pulmonary function test and full family medical history, your doctor helps you identify your triggers and create a plan to avoid them.

They may also prescribe medications that ease your symptoms and make lifestyle management suggestions to prevent or reduce flare-ups in the future.

Call or schedule your appointment online today.

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