Allergies can range in severity from a runny nose to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. Additionally, allergic diseases have been increasing dramatically the last several decades. More than 40 million Americans have allergies now. In fact, 10 percent of the population has asthma, 30 percent have allergic rhinitis, 20 percent have atopic dermatitis, and eight percent of children have food allergies.
Problems with allergies seem to be passed on through genetics. A mother with an allergy to certain animals might have a son that has a food allergy and might later develop hay fever and asthma.
We can help provide diagnoses and management for these common and often severe conditions that adversely affect you and your family’s quality of life. Also, we can help find out what triggers your runny or stuffy nose, asthma, or atopic dermatitis.
At Memorial Clinic, we can provide you with action plans to treat accidental food ingestions, manage your child’s atopic dermatitis, or asthma exacerbation.
When to see an Allergist
You should see an allergist if you or your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath
- Itchy eyes or nose
- Prolonged nasal congestion
- Persistent eczema
- Recurrent sinusitis
- Reaction following food ingestion
- Reaction to bee stings
- Problems swallowing food
Some of these symptoms can also be signs of other conditions. If you are concerned, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
If you have asthma or suspect that you might have asthma, you need to see a doctor, a pulmonary specialist, or an allergist. If you decide to see an allergist, they can help you to get control of your asthma by getting you the right medication and helping you identify your triggers and understand what happens when you have a asthmatic reaction.
People with asthma who have discussed their symptoms with an allergist have reported fewer visits to local clinics, hospitals, and emergency rooms. They also miss fewer days of school and work.
Managing your life with asthma can be difficult. However, with the proper tools, you don’t have to let it control the way you live your life. To start your asthma care today, call Memorial Clinic and ask to speak with one of our allergy specialists.