Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Allergy treatment involves medical care of exaggerated or pathological reaction to substances, situations, or physical states. Allergists are experts in treating allergies with ongoing and seasonal treatments including medicine, shots, immunotherapy and tablets. Allergy testing can help people learn what is making them sick, empowering them in avoidance techniques.
When Should I Visit an Allergy Specialist?
You should visit an allergist for allergy treatment if you find that you are always taking over-the-counter medications for allergy symptoms. You should also seek allergy treatment if your symptoms are not controlled with over-the-counter options. Many insurance providers require a referral to see a specialist. Be sure to check with your insurance to see if you need to see your primary care provider before you schedule an appointment to see an allergy specialist.
How Can Allergy Treatment Help Me?
With the help of an allergist, symptoms usually can be prevented or controlled with major improvement in quality of life. One of the most common allergy treatments are allergy shots, or immunotherapy. An allergy test determines the patients allergies, then an allergy shot will be tailored to those sensitivities. Over time these shots can help the patient build up a tolerance or immunity to the things they are allergic to.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. While there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed by avoiding triggers, taking medications to prevent symptoms and treating asthma episodes if they occur.
What Are the Symptoms and Triggers of Asthma?
Common symptoms are coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. Asthma may lead to a medical emergency. It is important to know the signs of a severe asthma episode (or asthma attack). A trigger is something you are sensitive to that makes your airways become inflamed. Common asthma triggers are pollen, chemicals, extreme weather changes, smoke, dust mites, stress and exercise.
How Is Asthma Diagnosed?
A doctor may use a few different ways of testing for asthma. These include:
- Taking a detailed medical history
- A physical exam
- Lung function tests
- Chest or sinus X-ray
The doctor will look at the results from these tests. They will then decide what type of asthma you have. They will develop a treatment plan based on the type and severity of your symptoms.