Allergic asthma is common, as 1 in 13 people suffers from asthma in the United States. If wheezing, chest pain, or difficulty breathing negatively affects your quality of life, the experienced team of allergists at Premier Allergy and Asthma, with offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio, can help. They offer advanced asthma treatments to help you or your child breathe easier. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more about your options.
Allergic asthma is a type of asthma, or breathing disorder, associated with having allergies. It’s an inflammatory lung disease associated with the following symptoms:
Asthma occurs when your air passages swell up and create mucus, leading to airway restriction. It’s important to seek medical treatment at the first sign of asthma symptoms, as many of these symptoms may also indicate heart problems and severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening.
Genetics and environmental factors both may play roles in developing asthma. Triggers for asthma attacks may include seasonal allergies, being overweight, physical activity, cold air, air pollution, smoking, and respiratory infections such as colds and flu.
Airborne substances that can be problematic for asthma sufferers include mold spores, pollen, dust, pet dander, and cockroach waste.
To diagnose allergic asthma, your allergist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a comprehensive physical exam and lung function, or breathing tests. They may also perform blood tests, imaging procedures, or skin prick tests to detect allergies or rule out certain medical problems associated with your symptoms.
Your personalized allergic asthma treatment plan might include:
Using an inhaler, or inhaling a medicine that helps widen your airways, when you’re active or experience an asthma attack offers you symptom relief.
Treating allergies with oral medicines or nasal sprays can help you breathe easier and alleviate asthma symptoms.
Your allergist might recommend immunotherapy (allergy shots) or other injections that alter your immune system. They offer a series of injections spaced at strategic intervals, to give you the best chance of allergy and asthma symptom relief.
Making lifestyle changes can reduce breathing problems associated with asthma. Examples include changing air filters regularly, keeping your home clean, using a dehumidifier, and reducing pet dander and mold spores. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise is beneficial, too.
Don’t let wheezing and shortness of breath associated with asthma become a nuisance or lead to a life-threatening emergency. Schedule an appointment with Premier Allergy and Asthma over the phone or online today.