Asthma-Related Problems - dummies

Asthma-Related Problems

By William E. Berger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Part of Asthma For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Asthma patients often have problems beyond the typical wheezing associated with the condition. Asthma and allergic rhinitis can influence not only your lungs, but your head and digestive system, as well. Parts of the body where asthma-sufferers face problems include:

  • Airways of lungs: Asthma, food hypersensitivities, and anaphylaxis (a widespread, potentially life-threatening reaction that affects many organs simultaneously)

  • Eyes: Allergic conjunctivitis

  • Ears: Otitis media, which is an inflammation of the middle ear, often leading to an ear infection — a frequent complication of allergic rhinitis

  • Gastrointestinal tract: Food hypersensitivities and anaphylaxis

  • Nose: Allergic rhinitis, which is the medical term for hay fever

  • Sinus: Sinusitis — inflammation of the sinuses, a frequent complication of allergic rhinitis

  • Throat: Allergic rhinitis and/or pharyngitis (a complication of postnasal drip associated with allergic rhinitis), and food hypersensitivities