Allergic asthma is the most common type of asthma. About 90% of children and 50% of adults with asthma have allergies. Individuals with allergic asthma experience difficulty breathing when in the presence of allergens, like pollen, dust mites, mold spores, or pet dander.
Mild cases of asthma may only cause some minor shortness of breath, but serious asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Adults and kids who have been diagnosed with allergic asthma may require a prescription inhaler or nebulizer to treat asthma attacks.
If you suspect that you or your child has allergic asthma, call Premier Allergy & Asthma at (614) 328-9927 to schedule a consultation at one of our clinics in central Ohio.
Breathing in contaminants like smoke, dust, or fumes can trigger an asthma attack in most people with allergic asthma, even if contaminants themselves don’t cause an allergic reaction directly.
To begin the process, a doctor at Premier Allergy & Asthma will discuss your medical history and whether or not you’ve had any issues with allergies or asthma in the past. You may also undergo a skin test to determine the exact allergen causing your asthma. The tested area is observed for red bumps, which are a sign of an allergic reaction.
As part of the process, a spirometry test may be used to test how much air you can inhale and exhale from your lungs. Similarly, a peak flow test may also be used to measure how quickly you can blow air out of your lungs.
A “rescue inhaler” contains a bronchodilator, which is a medicine that helps increase airflow to the lungs. This is usually recommended for patients who suffer from asthma and have asthma reactions. Breathing in from this inhaler will relieve the symptoms of an asthma attack. This device is meant to be used as soon as you notice the asthma attack symptoms.
Inhalers and nebulizers that use steroids and bronchodilators may also be recommended for long-term treatment. With proper use, these medications can reduce both the frequency and severity of allergic asthma.