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 albuterol (Ventolin).
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 doctor’s office.
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.
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