Allergies don’t have to dictate what you can and can’t do. Get them under control now!
From visiting a friend’s house that is overrun with pets to just trying to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a pollen-heavy day, there are so many reasons why your allergy symptoms might be acting up. Your allergist, can tell you some of the most common allergy symptoms and what you can do to make life with allergies a bit easier on yourself.
Pinpoint Your Triggers
The next time your allergies flare up, make note of what’s around you or what activities you were doing (e.g. vacuuming; gardening). Write down any patterns you notice and discuss them with your allergist to figure out what could be to blame for your allergies. Knowing what triggers your symptoms will help you avoid them altogether.
Make Changes to Your Home
It’s always a great idea to chat with your doctor about how to reduce your allergy symptoms from the comfort of your own home. After all, your home should be a comfortable abode not an allergy-riddled lair. If Fido has you sneezing, make sure he gets weekly baths and designate certain rooms as being pet-free (particularly bedrooms). Choose a HEPA-filter air conditioner that will filter out pollen and other outdoor allergens. Keep windows closed, particularly on windy days and make sure to keep all surfaces and furniture dusted and clean.
Consider Your Treatment Options
While you can certainly make a lot of lifestyle changes to improve your allergy symptoms, in most cases you may also require medication to help keep your allergies under control. You may find the proper relief through over-the-counter nasal sprays and other medications, while those with more moderate or serious allergy symptoms will want to turn to their allergist to find out what prescription medication could control your allergies (or whether allergy shots are the best option).
Whether you have questions about managing your allergy symptoms or you want to find out what medication is right for you, give your allergist a call today if your allergies are becoming difficult to tackle on your own. Finding the right allergy relief is just a phone call away.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 13 people, or 25 million people in the US have asthma. Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes the airways to swell and narrow, making it more difficult to breathe. As a result, someone with asthma may experience wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, or trouble breathing.
Asthma is serious and an attack can be deadly if left untreated. While there is no cure for asthma, it can be well managed with the proper medication. If you are having trouble breathing or experiencing other symptoms of asthma it’s time to see an otolaryngologist for a proper evaluation.
Even though asthma is often diagnosed in childhood it is possible for asthma to occur in adults, too. The cause of asthma is still not fully understood; however, it’s believed that it’s a combination of environmental triggers and genes. Therefore, if a family member has asthma you are more likely to develop asthma, too. Furthermore, allergies and certain childhood viral infections can also lead to the development of asthma. Some asthma triggers include:
- Cigarette smoke
- Dust mites
- Air pollution
- Cold air
- Respiratory infections
Sometimes asthma symptoms get overlooked or are misdiagnosed as a respiratory infection or cold; however, if you or your child is experiencing recurring colds it’s a good idea to see an ENT doctor to determine if it could be asthma. Leaving asthma untreated can be life threatening.
No matter when asthma develops, the treatment for both children and adults is relatively the same. Your asthma & allergy doctor will provide you with a regular maintenance medication that you will use everyday to help reduce airway inflammation and to prevent an attack from occurring in the first place.
Along with maintenance medication your doctor will also prescribe a fast-acting medication. This should only be used when asthma symptoms flare-up. The moment you notice chest tightness, wheezing or others symptoms it’s important that you use your quick-relief inhaler, which will immediately relax the muscles around the airways to make it easier to breathe.
Along with medication there are also lifestyle modifications that can reduce your exposure to asthma triggers. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your triggers, lifestyle, and health to reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms.
If you or your child is having trouble breathing it’s important to see your otolaryngologist right away to find out if asthma is to blame.
Childhood asthma is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition that causes swelling within the airways, making it different for your little one to breathe. How do you know if your child might have asthma? The telltale signs include:
- Trouble or difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing that often gets worse at night
- Fatigue, especially with exercise or play
If your child is experiencing or complaining about any of these symptoms it’s important that you schedule an appointment with a pediatrician as soon as possible. It’s important to write down the exact symptoms your little one has been experiencing, particularly because their symptoms may not be present during their evaluation. If you have a family history of asthma, this is something that your child’s pediatrician will want to know.
During the evaluation your doctor will also perform a physical exam, taking time to listen to both the heart and the lungs for signs of asthma. Sometimes a test known as spirometry will be used to test the lung function (this is most common in children over the age of 6 years old). This test is used to measure how much air is in the lungs and how quickly your child can exhale. Other tests may also be performed to check for other health issues that could be exacerbating your child’s asthma symptoms such as a sinus infection.
Asthma is serious and requires medication to keep this problem under control. While there is no cure for asthma, your pediatrician’s goal for asthma treatment is to prevent the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. We want to prevent your little one from having to rush to the hospital for a severe attack. Luckily, there are medications that your children’s doctor can prescribe to lessen asthma symptoms.
The type of asthma medication your child receives will depend on several factors including age. Infants and toddlers may require inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms. The dosage will also change depending on your child’s age. Along with long-term medications that will be taken every day to help control symptoms and keep inflammation down there are fasting-acting medications that your child will also be prescribed (e.g. albuterol), which is only used when your little one feels an attack coming on. Before any medication is given to your child, your pediatrician will talk to both you and your little one about how to use asthma medication properly.
Submitted by Allergy Center on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 08:00
Shot patients: Please remember to schedule your allergy shot appointments in advance. We value your time and don’t want you to have to wait a long time to get your shot. Also, our schedule may change occasionally, and we don’t want you to show up for your shot, only to be disappointed!
Submitted by Allergy Center on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:00
Having trouble washing out of your antihistamine for skin testing? The best thing to do is give up for the time being…come in for your appointment and Dr. Mehlhop will make a plan for you to gradually get off of any medications that might interfere with your testing. Then, you can return at a later time to get the testing done. You will be much more comfortable this way, and we don’t want you to suffer for the week or two prior to your appointment.
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