Are My Allergy Symptoms a Prelude To Asthma?

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I have always been quite hale and hearty throughout my life till I purchased an old house which was about fifty years old and started to remodel it. I had to breathe all the severe dust, sheet rock, paint and all the dirt that was accumulated here. Apart from all, this house was filled with mildew and mold. I began to experience signs of asthma soon after this and I underwent PFTs to make certain that I was suffering from asthma. My allergies started cropping up again. I have been experiencing these problems every now and then for two years now even though I am on Flovent and Singulair. Could I be really suffering from asthma and if so, will it just wane away after some time? I would be grateful if someone could shed some light on this matter at the earliest and pull me out of the quandary I am in. I would also love to know whether there is any other solution to the problem that I am experiencing
asked Jan 23, 2011 by anonymous

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It may be. Allergic reactions and asthma symptoms are often the result of indoor air pollution from mold or noxious fumes from household cleaners and paints. Common asthma symptoms include coughing (especially at night), wheezing, shortness of breath ,chest tightness, pain, or pressure.

Allergy testing may be helpful to identify allergens in people with persistent asthma. Tests may include:
Arterial blood gas
Blood tests to measure eosinophil count (a type of white blood cell) and IgE (a type of immune system protein called an immunoglobulin)
Chest x-ray
Lung function tests
Peak flow measurements

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answered Apr 26, 2013 by lois Diamond Guide (1,245 points)