Is There a Link Between Allergies and Asthma?
If you’ve been around a friend or family member’s pet or taken a walk outside during spring, and shortly after experienced wheezing and tightening in your chest, you’ve likely experienced allergy-induced asthma.
Keep reading to learn about the possible link between your allergies and your asthma symptoms, as well as treatment options available at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia.
What is Allergy-Induced Asthma?
Though you can experience either condition separately, some patients have experienced their allergies causing or worsening their asthma symptoms. Also commonly known as allergic asthma, having allergy-induced asthma means that allergens trigger your symptoms. Commonly, patients suffering from allergies with the following substances experience this condition:
- Pollen spores
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
Studies show that allergy-induced asthma is the most common asthmatic condition in the United States, and 60% of people with asthma suffer from allergy-induced symptoms.
Diagnosing and Treating Your Allergies and Asthma
Only a doctor can confirm a diagnosis of allergy-induced asthma. At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified specialists typically perform a skin or blood test, which can help determine if your year-round or seasonal allergies are triggering your asthma symptoms.
Allergy Treatment Options at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia
One of the first steps at reducing your allergy-induced asthma symptoms is gaining control of your allergies. At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, we utilize immunotherapy to reduce the body’s response to allergens, nipping symptoms in the bud. Our immunotherapy treatments include:
- Allergy Shots: are administered by one of Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia‘s board-certified specialists in one of our local offices. We have found allergy shots have reduced patients’ symptoms by 80-90%.
- Allergy Drops: are administered orally in either tablet or drop form.
Asthma Treatment Options at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia
Additionally, our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia offer the following asthma medications to improve your quality of life and reduce symptoms:
- Controller medications: Also known as inhaled corticosteroids, these medications should be taken daily.
- Combination inhalers: These contain an inhaled corticosteroid in addition to long-acting beta-agonist (LABA). LABAs control symptoms and help open your airways.
- Leukotriene modifiers: These oral medications utilize montelukast to control asthma symptoms.
- Quick-relief / rescue medications: These medications are used to relieve symptoms during an asthma attack. They may also be taken before exercising if prescribed.
- Oral and intravenous corticosteroids: These are used for acute asthma flare-ups or for severe symptoms.
Allergy and Asthma Specialists in Metro Atlanta
Schedule your same-day appointment with Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia today to discuss allergy shot or drop treatment options for your allergies, as well as treatment for your allergies.
We are now offering same-day or next-day appointments for Telemedicine. Our board-certified allergy and asthma specialists can diagnose and treat your symptoms while you can stay safe in the comfort of your own home. Our offices practice a no-wait appointment policy for all new and existing patients and offer same-day and next-day appointments. Contact us at (770) 459-0620 or visit us online to book your appointment 24/7!