Did you know that allergies and asthma are genetically linked and often occur together? Although allergies and asthma often go together, they are two different conditions.

Asthma is a chronic condition of the airways in the lungs.

Allergies are a condition of the immune system that can cause symptoms throughout the body.

Asthma is one of the most common diseases affecting children. Asthma is a disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways. The inflammation causes narrowing of the airways and an increased sensitivity to irritants and allergens. This leads to chronic cough, shortness of breath or wheezing.

Allergies are an overreaction of your body’s immune system to harmless foreign substances that enter the body, like pollen, mold or animal dander. This can lead to chronic runny nose and congestion, sneezing, cough, rash, or itchy and watery eyes.

If you suspect your child has asthma, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Dr. Fauntleroy can work with parents to help manage and control their child’s asthma and address the symptoms of allergies.

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