Osteopathic Medical Associates of Nevada
Family Medicine & Osteopathic Physicians located in Las Vegas, NV
Allergies and asthma are more than occasional nuisances. At Osteopathic Medical Associates of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada, the family medicine specialists understand how quickly these conditions can disrupt your quality of life. Patients of all ages can find the comprehensive allergy and asthma care they need at Osteopathic Medical Associates of Nevada. Call the clinic, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Allergies & Asthma Q&A
What are allergies and asthma?
Though allergies and asthma are two different chronic conditions, they often occur together. The same substances that trigger allergies can also aggravate your asthma symptoms. In many instances, an allergy attack can also prompt an asthma attack.
An allergy is an abnormal reaction to typically harmless substances, such as pollen or pet dander. If you have an allergy to a specific substance, your immune system recognizes it as a foreign pathogen and tries to fight it off. This reaction often causes uncomfortable symptoms, such as sneezing, itching, or even difficulty breathing in severe cases.
Asthma is a respiratory condition in which the airways that carry air in and out of your lungs become inflamed. Individuals with asthma often experience bouts of coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
What is the connection between allergies and asthma?
An allergic response releases chemicals from your immune system that may cause nasal congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose, but it can also invade your airways. If you experience an allergic reaction that affects your respiratory system, it can trigger your asthma symptoms.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, individuals who experience both conditions may have allergic asthma, a combined condition that affects around 25 million Americans.
What causes allergies and asthma?
Although the exact cause of allergies and asthma is unknown, certain risk factors can increase your vulnerability to both conditions, including:
- A family history of allergies or asthma
- Environmental pollutants
- Chemical exposures in the workplace
- Exposure to cigarette smoke
- Respiratory infections
- Chronic stress
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Weather changes, particularly cold air
- Aerobic exercise
Understanding your allergy and asthma triggers can significantly reduce your chances of attacks and worsening symptoms.
What are the treatments for allergies and asthma?
Trigger avoidance is one of the best ways to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms. The Osteopathic Medical Associates of Nevada doctors can perform several tests to pinpoint your triggers and develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
After comprehensive allergy testing and pulmonary function tests, your doctor may recommend:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Allergy medicine
- Inhalers (long-term and short-term for emergencies)
Osteopathic Medical Associates of Nevada offers walk-ins and same-day appointments for patients in need of prompt care. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.