The rise of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) both have been linked to recurring allergic reactions in some patients, and it has become important to treat symptoms immediately to avoid these breathing issues. Patients refusing to take their medication for symptoms run the risk of developing either of these issues later in life, and they can cause serious damage to the lungs and pulmonary system. While many have found it is unpleasant to experience some of the side effects, the ability to breathe easily will be an important component of their life they will want to preserve.
Not all patients with allergies will come down with these chronic diseases, but there is no way yet to determine who will get them. Identifying and eliminating allergens is the first step in stopping the problem, and taking proper medication to control symptoms is the next one. For those who have tried medication before and found it lacking, there are new types of pharmaceuticals constantly being introduced.