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Recognizing the Symptoms of an Asthma Attack

If you have asthma, your airways have chronic inflammation that causes shortness of breath and other symptoms. During an asthma attack, these symptoms can become rapidly worse. Work with an allergy doctor to determine a course of action to take in the event of an asthma attack. For instance, your allergy doctor can help you identify which symptoms indicate a need for emergency medical care.

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Asthma Attack Basics

An asthma attack occurs when the airways become significantly inflamed and swollen and the surrounding muscles contract. This causes your bronchial tubes to constrict, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe. During a mild asthma attack, immediately follow the plan of treatment established by your allergy doctor. Severe asthma attacks require urgent medical care.

Early Indicators

You might notice some early indicators of an impending asthma attack. Your symptoms may interfere with your sleeping patterns, you might feel irritable, and you’ll likely cough and wheeze frequently. Check your lung function with your peak flow meter, as instructed by your allergy doctor. If the readings are lower than normal, you could be at a greater risk of an asthma attack.

Asthma Attack Symptoms

During an asthma attack, your coughing and wheezing becomes rapidly worse and you’ll likely notice tightness or pain in your chest. You’ll increasingly have trouble breathing, despite using your rescue inhaler in some instances. Additional symptoms include hyperventilation, panic, and problems talking. You might notice your lips or fingernails acquire a bluish tint, and your face may appear pale and sweaty.           

Treatment Plan

Asthma attacks are life-threatening. Call 911 immediately if you experience worsening symptoms. Make sure your friends and family members can recognize the symptoms of an asthma attack and understand the need for immediate medical assistance. If you frequently experience worsening asthma symptoms, your allergy doctor might recommend changing your treatment plan.

Board-certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment—including two types of immunotherapy—at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

Your Guide to Pollen Allergies

If you’re allergic to pollen, you likely experience symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose. You might experience symptoms in the spring, when tree pollen are released, or in the fall, when ragweed pollen is carried on the wind.

Watch this video for more information on your pollen allergy. This doctor explains the importance of seeing a board-certified allergist to determine which type of pollen you’re allergic to and to find out what your treatment options are.

Board-certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment—including two types of immunotherapy—at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

Common Food Allergies in Children

Food allergies among children are on the rise, and can cause life-threatening reactions. Some of the most common foods that cause allergic reactions include peanuts, cow’s milk, eggs, tree nuts, soy, and wheat. Fish and shellfish are also possible allergens. Allergies to nuts, shellfish, and fish tend to provoke the most severe symptoms, and can persist throughout the child’s life. Fortunately, some children can outgrow certain food allergies, particularly allergies to eggs, soy, wheat, and milk.

If your child has a food allergy, work with a board-certified allergist to determine a course of treatment. Your allergist can also help you learn how to make changes to your child’s environment to keep him or her safe.

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Board-certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment—including two types of immunotherapy—at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

Is it Allergies or a Cold?

Allergies and colds often have similar symptoms, and it can be challenging to tell them apart. Lifestyle remedies such as drinking plenty of water can help you cope with a cold; however, if you suffer from allergies, you should see an allergy doctor. Use the following tips to distinguish between colds and allergies, and schedule an appointment with an allergy specialist.

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Types of Symptoms

These two conditions often share symptoms, including coughing, sore throat, and fatigue. A runny or stuffy nose is another shared symptom; however, colds typically involve yellow mucus while allergies involve clear mucus. Colds rarely cause itchy, watery eyes, while allergies often do. Allergies never result in muscle aches and pains, while colds may on occasion.

Onset of Symptoms

The symptoms of a cold typically appear a few days after you’re infected. If you notice people at work or school who are developing the same symptoms you have, it’s probably a cold and not allergies. On the other hand, symptoms of allergies appear suddenly after exposure to an allergy trigger. If you have seasonal allergies, you’ll notice the same symptoms around the same time every year.

Duration of Symptoms

The symptoms of a cold can last as few as three days or as many as 14 days. If you have an allergy, you’ll continue experiencing symptoms for as long as you’re exposed to the allergen, or until you seek treatment from an allergy doctor.

Treatment of Symptoms

If you have a cold, you’ll have to wait for it to run its course. Lifestyle remedies such as eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids can support your immune system to a certain extent. If you have allergies, your doctor might recommend antihistamines, decongestants, or immunotherapy.

Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists.  Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

Why You Shouldn't Let an Asthma Attack Go Untreated

Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation and irritation of the airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the airways are further restricted, which makes it difficult to breathe. You can reduce the likelihood of asthma attacks by avoiding your triggers, which might include pollen, pet dander, and mold. Work with an allergy doctor to determine your triggers and develop a treatment plan. Your allergy doctor can also explain the potential consequences if you do not seek prompt medical care for an asthma attack.

Asthma Inhaler

Understanding the Consequences

Your allergy doctor will likely warn you that the consequences of not treating an asthma attack can include labored breathing and wheezing. Your lungs will continue to tighten, leading to a condition called “silent chest,” in which you do not have sufficient air to wheeze. Your condition will continue to deteriorate until you cannot speak and develop cyanosis, or a bluish tint to your lips. At this point, you must go to the emergency room.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Work with your allergy doctor to learn all of the possible signs of an asthma attack so you can treat it promptly. In addition to difficulty breathing, you may experience coughing, wheezing, chest pain, or rapid breathing. You might have difficulty speaking, a sweaty face, or severe anxiety.

Preparing for Asthma Attacks

Your allergy doctor can develop a treatment plan for you to follow in the event of an asthma attack. Make sure you have all of your necessary medications with you at all times. Instruct your family members and close friends on what to do if they notice you’re in distress. Don’t delay going to the emergency room if your symptoms continue to worsen or if your medications are not effective.

Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists.  Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

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