Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What is Allergic Asthma?

What is Allergic Asthma?
  • Allergic asthma affects almost 60% of asthmatics
  • There is a history of cough, chest tightness, shortness of breath, or wheezing around an allergic trigger.
  • Allergic triggers can be pollens, cats/dogs, dust, or cockroaches, or molds.  This will present with asthma symptoms in season (spring, fall or summer) or with exposure to other triggers.
  • Often there is a family history of allergies
  • Often there is a personal history of an allergic nose, eczema or food allergies as a child.

What should you do if you suspect you have allergic asthma?
  • Get tested for allergies.  You doctor or allergist can do simple skin or blood testing to identify what your triggers are.
  • Ask your doctor to check a total immunoglobulin E.  This is an important marker of allergic asthma
Is there treatment for allergic asthma?
  • YES!  Your allergist will recommend avoidance measures, medications and based on your symptoms may recommend allergy treatment.

Want more information?  Please contact me at 212-679-3574 or www.gramercyallergy.com

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