Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swelled, and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma can be minor, or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack.
Asthma may cause difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The symptoms may sometimes cause flare-ups. Asthma can usually be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms and controller inhalers that prevent symptoms. Severe cases may require longer-acting inhalers that keep the airways open, as well as oral steroids.
What is allergic asthma
The majority of those with asthma also have allergies that can trigger an asthma attack or compound the symptoms. These can range from common allergies like dust or pollen to life-threatening food and insect allergies. Some of the most effective asthma remedies may involve diagnosing and treating an underlying allergy issue.
Allergic asthma is very common; and when underlying allergies are not under control, this can lead to a dangerous double-threat. Not only will the patient suffer from normal allergic reactions in the nose, eyes, or skin, but these same allergies will also impact the lungs and airways.
Allergy treatment can not only help manage the risk of asthma, but it can also prevent asthma attacks.
Our team specializes in the most advanced and effective allergy treatment options, including:
- Allergy Testing - The most effective allergy treatment plans start with high-quality allergy testing. At Allergies Answered, our board-certified allergy and immunology team can perform an evaluation, diagnose, and recommend treatment. Our detailed process includes a comprehensive review of your medical history, a full medical exam, and skin prick allergy testing. Allergy testing is the process of learning what allergens your body reacts to as well as the severity of the reaction. Common allergens included in an allergy test are food, pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust mites. Our comprehensive skin prick test can identify up to 60 allergens, and our detailed evaluation will determine the degree to which each allergen impacts your overall health. Blood testing is also available when necessary and beneficial.
- Allergy Immunotherapy - Immunotherapy is the only method for effectively treating underlying allergies. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are helpful for symptom management, but they do not address the root cause of allergies. This treatment, commonly delivered as an allergy shot, is a solution that has helped allergy sufferers find lasting relief for generations. Allergy drops are a modern advancement that has the same benefits as allergy shots without the discomfort and inconvenience. Allergy shots and allergy drops work by gradually retraining the body’s immune system to recognize and respond appropriately to harmless allergens in the environment. Many of these allergens also trigger asthma attacks. As the body learns to respond to these allergens, the frequency and severity of allergy and asthma attacks are greatly reduced. Allergy immunotherapy is not only a safe and effective allergy treatment but also a critical component of asthmatic treatment.
- Allergy Medications - Allergy medication can be an effective part of a treatment plan to control symptoms and reduce the risk of allergy and asthma attacks. All medications, including over-the-counter medications, should be carefully reviewed by your doctor to ensure your safety and examine the effectiveness of your specific allergy and asthma issues.