Canadian Lung Association Blog

Born With Asthma

I was pretty much born with asthma and allergies. And back then they weren’t even “in style” like they are now. As a young child I had eczema (itchy skin), food allergies, asthma and rhinitis (congestion in the nose). Sometimes they call this the “allergic march”. You start with eczema then food allergies get added, and so on.

It wasn’t until I was 21 that I had a severe life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. I put a candy in my mouth and immediately felt that typical allergy reaction anyone with numerous food allergies knows all too well. I didn’t even take one bite. I spit it out right away and was in the emergency department about 20 minutes later. That day I added anaphylaxis to my list of allergic disorders.

Right now my biggest allergy and asthma trigger is the huge number of tree pollens floating in the air, waiting to be lodged in my eyes, nose and lungs. The trees have been patiently waiting for this nice weather, building up stores of pollen that they are now releasing. Now I have to balance the wonderful spring air flowing through my home with the need to keep the pollen out and the windows closed.

Chris Haromy
Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Educator
Ontario Lung Association


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Chris Haromy

I have had asthma and allergies my whole life. I had eczema as a child and occasionally as an adult and was diagnosed with anaphylaxis at the age of 21 after a life-threatening reaction. My list of food allergies fill a whole page. I am a Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator at the Ontario Lung Association. Early in my career I worked as a staff Respiratory Therapist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, then decided to switch my focus to patient education. For the past 16 years I have developed and provided patient education programs for children and adults with lung conditions such as asthma.

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