If an allergic reaction triggers the mast cells in the lungs, symptoms such as wheezing, increased mucus production, and shortness of breath may result from the inflammation these cells promote. It is common for people who suffer from rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) to also have asthma, and vice versa. Allergic asthma, asthma brought on by an allergic reaction, is the most common form of asthma. It affects approximately half of all people with asthma.
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