• A Quick Look at Peak Flow

    If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, your asthma doctor will give you all of the information you need to manage your condition properly. Monitoring peak flow is one of the ways you can take care of yourself. Peak flow is a measurement of how well you can exhale air out of your lungs. A high peak flow score is ideal. A low peak flow score could mean that you may experience an asthma attack soon.

     

    Your asthma specialist can show you how to use a peak flow meter. You should check your peak flow every morning, before you take your asthma medications. You should also check it when you experience symptoms, after using rescue medications, and at any other time your provider instructs you to. Write down each score on a chart, and take it to each appointment with your asthma specialist.

     

    At Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM, our board-certified allergists and immunologists emphasize the importance of patient education and proactive self-care. Call 1(800)86-COUGH to request an appointment regarding asthma treatments in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

  • Staying Active in School Despite Exercise-Induced Asthma

    Exercise-induced asthma can cause the same symptoms as other types of asthma, such as tightness in the chest, wheezing, and shortness of breath. In people with exercise-induced asthma, these symptoms typically occur shortly after stopping a workout. An asthma treatment plan can help students stay active in school sports and gym class, despite the condition.

    Asthma doctors may recommend wearing a scarf or mask over the mouth when exercising outdoors in chilly weather. Students may need to exercise indoors if the school grounds have been mowed recently. The asthma doctor can prescribe a long-acting asthma medication for long-term control, as well as a rescue inhaler for acute asthma attacks. All coaches and teachers should be notified of the student’s asthma treatment plan, including the need to have a rescue inhaler nearby during exercise.

    If your child suffers from asthma symptoms, you can find the help he or she needs at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. Our asthma treatment centers are located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Call 1(800)86-COUGH.

  • A Quick Introduction to Dust Mites

    Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in warm, humid environments. In some people, dust mites trigger an allergic reaction. In the average home, dust mites are found in carpets, bedding, upholstered furniture, and stuffed animals. It may be impossible to get rid of dust mites permanently, but an allergy doctor can help you learn how to minimize their presence to manage your symptoms.

    Watch the accompanying video to learn more about dust mites and environmental control measures. The allergist featured here recommends washing all bedding frequently in hot water, vacuuming often, and reducing the humidity level of your home.

    A board-certified allergist can help you control your dust mite allergy. Call 1(800)86-COUGH to request an appointment at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

  • How to Use a Nebulizer

    Nebulizers are small devices that allow patients with lung diseases to breathe in medications. The nebulizer transforms the liquid medicine into an inhalable mist. If your asthma treatment plan includes the use of a nebulizer, your doctor will help you learn how to use the device properly.

    Get to know your nebulizer.

    Nebulizers are straightforward to use, but it’s helpful if you’re familiar with the basic components of the system. The primary component is the machine itself, which provides the power that turns the liquid medicine into mist. It’s also called an air compressor. A hose connects the machine to the medicine cup, which is connected on its other end to the mouthpiece. Note that some patients, such as young children, who have trouble using the mouthpiece may use a face mask instead.

    Prepare the nebulizer.

    Before using your nebulizer equipment, scrub your hands thoroughly with soap and running water. You don’t want to introduce germs to the equipment that you might then breathe into your lungs. Then, connect one end of the hose to the machine. Add the prescribed amount of liquid medicine to the medicine cup. Close the cup tightly. From this point onward, hold the medicine cup upright to prevent spills. Next, connect the hose to the medicine cup, and connect the medicine cup to the mouthpiece.

    Inhale your medication.

    Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and turn on the machine. Make a firm seal with your lips to prevent any of the aerosol medicine from escaping. You’ll need the full dosage to properly manage your asthma. Now, all you need to do is take slow, deep, steady breaths through your mouth. It may take about 10 to 15 minutes to get the full dosage. Some patients have trouble remembering to inhale through the mouth the entire time. If you experience this, consider using a nose clip to prevent nasal inhalation.

    Get the nebulizer ready for your next treatment.

    Once you’ve received the full dosage, turn off the machine. Wash the medicine cup and the mouthpiece. Place these items on a clean towel and let them air dry until your next dosage.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your asthma treatment, you can count on the doctors at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. You’ll find our offices in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Call 1(800)86-COUGH to request an appointment with an asthma and allergy specialist.