May 03, 2024

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Article

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 24 million people struggle with asthma and over 50 million people struggle with allergies. Asthma and allergies can be life-threatening if left untreated, however there are several courses of action including a proper diagnosis and treatment plan from a medical professional.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common respiratory condition leading to difficulty in breathing. Asthma is frequently associated with inflammation and decreasing of the airways. Some common symptoms include but are not limited to:

·       Persistent coughing

·       Wheezing

·       Shortness of breath

·       Fatigue

There are several triggers for asthma, such as allergies, changes in air quality, pollution, and exercise.

What are Allergies?

Allergies are a reaction from your immune system responding to external factors such as pollen, pet dander, or certain foods. Allergies are very common, with every 1 in 3 adults containing the condition. Symptoms can vary depending on how the allergen enters the body, such as through the mouth, skin, or nasal passages. Some common symptoms include:

·       Itchy eyes

·       Sneezing

·       Coughing

·       Fatigue

·       Hives

·       Inflammation

·       Swelling

·       Dizziness

·       Anaphylaxis

What are the treatments for Asthma and Allergies?

“It is often difficult to distinguish allergy symptoms from an upper respiratory infection (URI). Seeing a healthcare provider will help distinguish these symptoms from allergies vs URI,” said Michael Basista, M.D.  “This is important because the treatments are very different and do not necessarily work for both conditions.  Similarly, bronchitis vs asthma is another confusing differentiation.  We can take the guesswork and confusion out of these distinctions so the treatment will be more appropriate and effective.”

Asthma and allergies are treatable with the proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Avoiding major triggers and creating an action plan with a medical professional will help keep asthma and allergies under control.

There are several ways to treat asthma, such as medications, an inhaler, steroids, a nebulizer, and bronchial thermoplasty. These treatments provide several benefits to those with asthma, like improved breathing, reduced asthma attacks, and reduced swelling and mucus in the lungs.

Not all allergies are life-threatening, but if they get in the way of daily living, allergies can be treatable with over the counter and prescriptive medications.

If you suspect you have asthma or allergies, schedule an appointment with a primary care provider at Mountainside Immedicenter.  To find a doctor near you, visit   In-person, virtual care and walk-in appointments are available.




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