Effectively controlling asthma and allergies requires planning, skill and patience. The allergist, with his or her specialized training can develop a treatment plan for your individual condition. The goal will be to enable you to lead a life that is as normal and symptom-free as possible.
Proper allergy assessment by a board certified allergist might include:
Allergy testing. skin tests to determine what specific allergens are involved.
Prevention education. The most effective approach to treating allergies amd allergic asthma is to avoid the factors that trigger the condition in the first place. Even when it is not possible to completely avoid allergens, there are clear interventions that an allergy specialist can help you decrease exposure to allergens.
Medication prescriptions. A number of new and effective medications are available to treat both allergies and allergic asthma.
Non medicated treatments:
Sinusol® Breathe Easy is a nasal lavage that combines the unique properties of several essential oils including eucalyptus, menthol, cinnamon, mint, benzoin and others to provide relieve for nasal congestion, post nasal drip, sneezing, coughing, sinus headaches
Nasal lavages with essential provides extensive relieve for those with mild to moderate allergy symptoms while nasal steroids may be necessary for the more severe symptoms.
Immunotherapy can be given as allergy shots or sublingual tablets.
Allergy shots are given to patients every week or two and contain some or all of the allergens that cause their allergy problems. Gradually the injections get stronger and stronger. In most cases, the allergy problems get less and less over time.
Sublingual immunotherapy is now available to ragweed, grass pollens and dust mites. These tablets are taken daily at home. However, the first dose is taken at the allergist’s office. However, additional modalities are constantly being incorporated to dance the care of patients that suffer from hypersensitivities.
Allergies improve over time while on the immunotherapy.
You should see an if:
- Your allergies are causing symptoms such as chronic sinus infections, nasal congestion or difficulty breathing.
- You experience hay fever or other allergy symptoms several months out of the year.
- Antihistamines and over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms or create unacceptable side effects, such as drowsiness.
- Your asthma or allergies are interfering with your ability to carry on day-to-day activities.
- Your asthma or allergies decrease the quality of your life
- You are experiencing warning signs of serious asthma such as:
- You sometimes have to struggle to catch your breath.
- You often wheeze or cough, especially at night or after exercise.
- You are frequently short of breath or feel tightness in your chest.
- You have previously been diagnosed with asthma, and you have frequent asthma attacks even though you are taking asthma medication.