Asthma And Allergies Specialist

Asthma and allergies affect millions of Americans. The doctors at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice, with offices in Portland, Milwaukie, and Tigard, Oregon, use the latest diagnostic techniques and up-to-date treatment plans to help you minimize the effects that allergies and asthma have on your health and wellness.

Asthma and Allergies Q & A

What is asthma?

According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately one in 12 people suffer from asthma in the United States. Asthma is a chronic health issue that affects your airways, causing them to swell and constrict, and produce extra mucus, all of which can lead to difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks can be minor to life threatening.

Asthma is typically divided into three categories:

  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Occupational asthma
  • Allergy-induced asthma

What are allergies?

When you have an allergy, it means that your body’s immune system reacts to certain things that are usually harmless, and these are called allergens. Allergens encompass a dizzying array of possibilities, from mold to certain foods, which is why one in five people in the United States has at least one allergy.

Reactions to allergens are varied and include:

  • Skin rash
  • Itchy or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Hives
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Stomach upset

The most common allergens are:

  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Foods
  • Pollen
  • Insect bites

The doctors at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice can work with you to get to the bottom of what’s causing your allergies and get you started on an appropriate treatment plan.

How are allergies and asthma diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose allergies, the doctors at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice work up a medical history and conduct a thorough exam, which includes blood tests and, if warranted, skin tests. Diagnosing allergies is a process of elimination, so it’s helpful to understand your medical history and what typically triggers a reaction.

For an asthma diagnosis, you may undergo similar tests if the doctors suspect that the two are linked. If not, the doctors perform lung function tests to determine the extent of your airway blockage.

For both allergies and asthma, treatments depend on the severity and frequency of your reactions, as well as the triggers. More often than not, a treatment plan involves several approaches that include:

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Changes in environment
  • Trigger avoidance

Insurance We Accept

At Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice, we accept the following insurances. If you do not see your insurance on this, please call our office to confirm we take your plan.

  FamilyCare
Aetna
CareOregon
Cigna
First Choice Health
HealthNet
LifeWise
Medicare
Providence Health Plans
Regence BCBS
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