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:
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:
The most common allergens are:
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.
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:
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