Many people have undiagnosed allergies that are significantly affecting the quality of their lives. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that 50 million Americans struggle with some type of allergy each year. Once the cause of the allergy is finally diagnosed, treatments are available that can help. This is the office of the Allergy & Asthma Clinic of West Texas under the medical direction of Dr. Suzanne Beck.
What Causes Allergies?
There is no single cause of allergies. They may be hereditary or caused by environmental factors. Most allergy sufferers experience symptoms, like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and dripping eyes, without warning. Some allergies are triggered by pollen, dust, dander, and other things that are in the air. Others are triggered by contact with chemicals. Some people have food allergies that cause them to break out in rashes and experience digestive issues. Although you may not know the exact reason for your allergy, you can identify the allergen, and take action to control symptoms.
Do You Have an Undiagnosed Allergy?
Many people live with allergies that have been undiagnosed for years. They may come to the doctor complaining of symptoms and not realize that it is simply an allergic reaction. If you have an allergy, your allergy provider can make a diagnosis using a blood or skin prick test. Once you know the allergen that’s bothering you, you can make lifestyle changes to avoid it and take antihistamines prescribed by your doctor.
Controlling Allergy Symptoms
The best way to prevent flare-ups due to an allergy is to actively avoid the triggering substance. But in cases when you are exposed to an allergen, there are ways to control the symptoms:
- Take antihistamine medication at the first sign of an allergic reaction.
- Talk to your doctor about skin testing and allergy shots.
- Carry an epinephrine injector as an emergency precaution if you or your child experience life-threatening allergy symptoms.
An Allergy Specialist Can Help
Call (806) 799-4192 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Suzanne Beck, Dr. Amanda Lewis, Georgeanna Welch, F.N. P-C, or Heather Morris, F.N. P-C at the Allergy & Asthma Clinic of West Texas in Lubbock, TX.
Don’t let asthma flare-ups control your life. Act now!
Approximately 25 million Americans have asthma. It’s the most common chronic disorder in children but millions of adults also deal with it. Asthma results in inflammation within the lung’s airways, making it difficult to breathe. The symptoms of asthma can be scary, especially if you don’t know what’s going on. Luckily, our Lubbock, TX, asthma specialist Dr. Suzanne Beck is here to tell you what you can to reduce your asthma attacks.
What are my asthma treatment options?
The number one way to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms is through medication. Not all medications work equally for everyone may require some time to come up with the right combination to manage your asthma.
The most common asthma treatment is a controller inhaler, which you will use everyday. It will help reduce inflammation and reduce the likelihood of an attack. Of course, even while taking these medications regularly you may still experience an attack. When that happens it’s important that you have a fast-acting rescue inhaler to quickly reduce airway constriction. Those who have exercise-induced asthma will find that a rescue inhaler can help control and even reduce their attacks.
Those whose asthma symptoms are due to allergies may receive injections, called an immunomodulator, to help reduce your body’s reaction to the allergen. This is particularly helpful for those dealing with moderate-to-severe asthma due to allergies.
There are also lifestyle modifications you can make to reduce your risk for an asthma flare-up. This includes quitting smoking and staying away from second-hand smoke. Knowing what triggers your asthma can also help you avoid that trigger.
Being overweight can also make asthma symptoms worse, so talk to us about the best approach to safely lose the weight. Furthermore, exercise can help increase your lung capacity, which can reduce asthma symptoms. Talk to your doctor about starting a new exercise regimen with asthma.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The most classic asthma symptom is shortness of breathing or difficulty breathing. You may find yourself coughing or gasping for air (this usually occurs more often at night). You may wheeze (a whistling noise within the chest when breathing) or feel tightness in your chest.
Symptoms can vary from one person to the next in frequency and severity, but if you or your child is having trouble breathing it’s important to turn to our Lubbock, TX, asthma doctor right away for an evaluation.
Are you experiencing wheezing and shortness of breathing in Lubbock, TX? Do you want to talk about different asthma medications to find out which one is right for you? Whatever your needs might be, Allergy and Asthma Clinic of West Texas is here to help you breathe easier.
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