An estimated 23 million children and adults suffer from asthma in the United
States, a number that has quadrupled over the last two decades. That’s
mind-boggling, especially since experts haven’t teased out exactly
what’s causing the rise, and few sufferers take measures to try
to prevent attacks. The leading causes of asthma are reactions to allergens
such as pet dander, pollen, mold and foods.
When you have asthma, the bronchial airways in your lungs become inflamed
and hypersensitive. During an asthma attack, the muscles around these
airways tighten, causing them to narrow even more, making it difficult
to breathe. Rescue inhalers provide temporary asthma relief.
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling sound)
- Dry cough that lasts more than a week
The most common asthma triggers
- Pet dander
- Food allergies
- Tobacco smoke: Second hand smoke can exacerbate airway diseases, like pediatric
sinusitis and asthma in children.
- Dust mites
I feel very strongly that for many people, asthma attacks are caused by
underlying allergies and therefore are completely preventable. About 90
percent of asthma in children—and about 50 to 60 percent of adults—is
caused by underlying allergies that contribute to their asthma attacks.
Studies have shown that most children who have to go to the emergency
room for an asthma attack have allergies—often undetected allergies
to dust, pet dander, mold and even to foods.
What you can do
To reduce asthma attacks, diagnose for potential allergies, reduce your
exposure to these allergens, or be treated with an effective allergy remedy
such as allergy drops to build up a tolerance to the allergens. When I
treat my patients with drops, I see a dramatic decrease in the amount
of medication they use, including asthma inhalers and beta agonists like
We use a simple blood test to determine exactly what you are allergic to,
and prescribe the right formula of drops for you. Contact us today and
get treated the easy, convenient, effective and painless way.
One of my main goals in treating
asthma is finding out if allergies are contributing to its cause. Once we determine
the cause, it’s so much easier to prevent and treat.
The Niox Flex Test and Spirometry breathing tests can only be done in a
Tests you can do at home to assess your asthma
Peak flow monitors are an inexpensive hand held device that can measure
how fast air moves out of your lungs. You blow forcefully into the device
and it provides a number that represents your peak flow. It is very helpful
in managing your symptoms, your medication and in preventing an asthma
attack. In my book,
Dr. Dean Mitchell’s Allergy and Asthma Solution, I have a template for an asthma zone grid, which helps patients distinguish
between the excellent zone, careful zone and danger zone, depending on
their peak flow results. I teach my patients how to set up their asthma
zone grid, and we discuss how they should manage their medications, depending
on which zone they’re in. This is so important because it allows
patients to safely adjust their medication without having to depend on
their doctor every minute. Ask your doctor or our office for an Asthma
Zone Grid, it should be part of your asthma program.
- Asthma Control Test. The great news about this test is that no needles
or blowing is involved. This is a written test, or you can do it easily
online. You answer five questions about your asthma, rating your symptoms
on a scale of 1 to 5. A score below 19 can mean your asthma is not under control.
To get more information and to get tested, contact us today.