You may wonder what allergies and asthma have in common — besides making you miserable. According to the Mayo Clinic, the same substances that cause your allergic rhinitis symptoms also can trigger allergic asthma attacks. Most treatments relieve either allergy or asthma symptoms, but Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) helps both of these lung disorders. Due to its effective results in a large population, physicians recommend Singulair highly. Save up to 90 percent by ordering all of your prescription medications from Canadian Pharmacies.
Allergic Rhinitis Causes
Outdoor allergens such as tree, grass, and weed pollen set off seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Indoor allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and mold cause perennial allergic rhinitis, which involves year-round suffering. The purpose of your immune system is to fight harmful substances like bacteria and viruses. But it overreacts to allergens you inhale when you have allergic rhinitis. Your immune system launches an assault, releasing antibodies and inflammatory chemicals such as histamines into your nasal passages. This causes an allergic reaction that may include nasal congestion, runny nose, post-nasal drip, sneezing, itchiness, and/or watery eyes. Symptoms may range from mild to severe.
An Allergic Reaction Can Trigger Asthma Symptoms
When your immune system antibodies misidentify a harmless inhaled substance like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, cigarette smoke, or cold air as an unwelcome invader, they bind to the allergen in an attempt to protect your body. You react by releasing leukotrienes. But these immune system chemicals generate more than an allergic reaction. They also cause lung inflammation, constricted airways, and increased mucus production in some people, making breathing more difficult. Sensitive airways react to asthma triggers with symptoms that may include chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, and/or coughing.
How Singulair Works for Both Conditions
Singulair treats outdoor and indoor allergies and asthma without causing drowsiness, but it isn’t an antihistamine. Instead, it blocks leukotrienes, another inflammation mediator. This daily prescription pill prevents allergic rhinitis reactions by inhibiting leukotrienes from binding to allergens. By reducing the swelling in your lungs and opening up your airways, Singulair also makes breathing easier for asthma sufferers. Because allergy and asthma symptoms can change over time, your doctor may need to adjust your treatment periodically.
Research has shown that Singulair reduces seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and itching. Your doctor may prescribe this leukotriene inhibitor along with an antihistamine. Various studies have shown that the combination of these two medications is nearly as effective as nasal steroid sprays for allergic rhinitis treatment. Your allergy symptoms will appear each time you experience exposure to year-round allergens, but seasonal allergies may get better as you age.
Studies have found that fewer people experienced asthma attacks while taking Singulair, compared to those not receiving this drug. As a long-term asthma prevention treatment, Singulair can reduce your number of asthma attacks, prevent symptoms, and stop breathing problems like bronchospasm while exercising. But do not use this drug as a rescue medication. Your doctor also can prescribe a fast-acting inhalation treatment to help you recover from sudden asthma attacks quickly. Singulair may reduce your need for this rescue inhaler.
Avoid Your Allergy and Asthma Triggers
First, recognize the unique allergic substances that trigger your allergy and asthma symptoms. Then follow these precautions to limit your exposure and prevent allergy and asthma attacks.
If you suffer from hay fever during days or seasons when airborne allergens are high:
- Stay indoors and close the windows
- Use an air conditioner in your home and car
- Avoid using fans that draw outdoor air inside
- Don’t hang laundry outside to dry
- Bathe or shower and change your clothes after being outside
- Use a high-efficiency particulate-arresting (HEPA) air filter in your bedroo
For year round allergies:
- Protect your pillows and mattresses with dust mite covers
- Choose tile or hardwood floors over carpet and wash area rugs often in very hot water
- Replace curtains with blinds
- Keep pets out of your bedroom
- Use a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner
- Wash bedding and toys such as stuffed animals in very hot water once a week
- Remove indoor pollutants with an air purifier
Avoid these common asthma triggers:
- Respiratory infections including colds, flu and sinus infections
- Common food allergies such as peanuts and shellfish
- Smoke from cigarettes, wood-burning fireplaces, and burning leaves
- Tree, grass, and weed pollen
- Cold, windy, stormy weather; sudden or extreme temperature changes; and high humidity
- Air pollution, smog, vehicle exhaust, and fumes
- Animal dander
- Pests including dust mites, cockroaches, and rodents
- Strong odors from perfumes, deodorants, and cleaning supplies
- Strong, stressful emotions
Be Aware of Potential Singulair Side Effects
Seek emergency medical treatment immediately if you experience any of these allergic reaction signs:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Call your doctor promptly if you develop any of these serious side effects:
- Skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, or muscle weakness
- Mood or behavior changes, anxiety, depression, or thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself
- Tremors or shaking
- Easy bruising, unusual bleeding (in your nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), or purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin
- Severe sinus pain, swelling, or irritation
- Worsening asthma symptoms