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By The Allergy Center, PA
December 29, 2020
Category: Medical Condition
Bronchitis causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are responsible for delivering air to the lungs. Bronchitis is incredibly common, affecting millions of American adults each year. While anyone can develop bronchitis, those with asthma are more at risk. In fact, asthmatic bronchitis occurs because a person has asthma, which already constricts the vessels within the lungs. The symptoms of both asthma, bronchitis, and asthmatic bronchitis are fairly similar and may get confused for one another. These symptoms include,
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Mild fever
It’s easy to assume that bronchitis is actually a flare-up of asthma symptoms, which is why you should see an asthma specialist so they can perform certain function tests. It’s a good idea to see a doctor if your symptoms don’t improve with an inhaler, your symptoms get worse, or your fever goes over 102 degrees F. While it may be challenging to pinpoint whether your symptoms are stemming from asthma or bronchitis, our asthma specialist will be able to provide the proper testing to determine what’s going on and how to best treat it.
 
What causes asthmatic bronchitis?

While bronchitis can develop from an infection, it can also be caused by certain environmental or lifestyle triggers including,
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Certain chemicals
  • Outdoor or indoor allergens
  • Certain medications
  • Exercise
  • Changes in weather
When you come into the office, we will perform certain tests to measure lung function as well as how quickly a person can force air out of their lungs. If you are coughing or experiencing breathing problems, a chest X-ray may also be performed.
 
How is asthmatic bronchitis treated?

If you are diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis the good news is that it’s treated the same way as you would asthma or regular bronchitis. Common treatment options include:
  • A fast-acting inhaler (also known as a rescue inhaler)
  • Long-acting corticosteroid and bronchodilator
  • A humidifier
  • Lifestyle changes such as placing a HEPA air filter in your home and washing bedclothes regularly in hot water
Your asthma specialist can provide you with simple lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain asthma bronchitis triggers to prevent another flare-up. If a bacterial infection is to blame, your doctor will most likely also prescribe antibiotics.
 
If you have asthma, it’s even more important that you have an asthma specialist that you are turning to for care and monitoring. They can also help you prevent bronchitis by providing you with helpful strategies and tips to keep you safe and healthy all year long.
By The Allergy Center, PA
September 08, 2020
Category: Medical Condition
Tags: Asthma   Action Plan  
Asthma Action Plan.Has your child been diagnosed with asthma? Asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in US children, affecting millions of children under the age of 18. Of course, as you may have already discussed with your child’s asthma physician, maintaining control over their symptoms is key to preventing attacks.

To maintain and control your child’s asthma, it’s important to create an asthma action plan with your doctor. This plan will not only provide you with the information you need to help manage your child’s asthma but also how to handle an attack if it happens.

How to Create an Asthma Action Plan

Asthma symptoms can vary from child to child, which is why it’s important to create your child’s asthma action plan with their allergist or asthma specialist. After all, this action plan is individualized to your child’s health, symptoms, and needs. You should also monitor and record your child’s symptoms regularly.

Wondering what should be in your child’s asthma action plan? The plan should include:
  • What triggers your child’s symptoms
  • The specific names and dosages of the medications your child is taking
  • Regular peak flow monitoring and measurements (this can indicate whether your child’s asthma is getting worse or being properly controlled)
  • Which medications your child should take and when, particularly when experiencing a flare-up
  • The name of your asthma doctor, as well as the local hospital and emergency contacts for your child
Provide a copy of this action plan to your child’s teachers or the school nurses so if your child does develop symptoms of an attack, they understand exactly what to do. Even if your child is taking medication you should still be tracking any symptoms they may experience. Signs that their asthma isn’t being properly controlled include:
  • Regular daytime chest tightness or wheezing
  • Trouble engaging in physical activity
  • Increased nighttime problems such as coughing
Having a clear and detailed asthma action plan will also provide you with the steps that you or someone else will need to go through when your child is faced with a severe asthma attack or requires emergency medical attention.

Your child must have a doctor that they can turn to for regular asthma monitoring and help you create a customized asthma action plan. If your child doesn’t currently have an action plan it’s time to talk to your doctor about one now.
By The Allergy Center, PA
June 25, 2020
Category: Medical Condition
Tags: Asthma  
AsthmaThe CDC reports one out of every 13 Americans has asthma, and 25 million sufferers are children. If you suspect you or a loved one have asthma, get the treatment you need from your primary care physician or a recommended lung specialist. Know the signs and symptoms of this chronic respiratory ailment so you can manage it successfully.
 
What is asthma?
Asthma is an autoimmune condition that causes acute and chronic inflammation of the airway. As the airway and lungs are exposed to triggers in the environment, the airway constricts and produces a copious amount of mucus. Breathing becomes labored, and blood oxygenation drops.
 
What are its signs and symptoms?
Potentially, any asthma attack can be deadly. That's why being proactive about treatment and knowing symptoms and triggers is critical. Symptoms of an acute asthma attack are:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Cough (particularly night time coughing)
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
Severe attacks include lung sounds called rhonchi which your doctor can hear as he or she uses a stethoscope to listen to your breath sounds. You may experience panic, look very pale, and sweat profusely.
 
Early on, you may feel as though you have a cold with a combination of milder symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose. Your doctor may ask you to measure your peak expiratory flow, says the Cleveland Clinic. Your asthma attack is worsening when your peak flow (amount of air you can blow out in a single breath) decreases below a level appropriate to your age, gender, and size.
 
Managing asthma
The key to managing asthma is knowing what triggers your asthma symptoms, how to avoid them, and how to treat an acute attack. Triggers include cold or flu, cigarette smoke, cold air, exercise, or even stress. Your primary care physician may refer you to an allergist for testing as common allergens, such as pollen or animal dander, often start an acute episode.
 
Also, your doctor may want you to:
  • Use a maintenance medication to reduce inflammation in your lungs
  • Take a course of oral or IV medication for severe flare-ups
  • Track your symptoms and daily peak flow
  • Follow an asthma action plan when symptoms start (share this with family members, teachers, and the school nurse as needed)
Living well with asthma
Asthma is not curable, but you can manage your symptoms, stay healthy, and feel good. Talk to your primary care physician. He or she is the best partner in your asthma care.
By The Allergy Center, PA
June 12, 2020
Category: Medical Condition
Tags: Asthma Attack  
AsthmaAsthma is a medical condition where inflammation obstructs air from leaving and entering the lungs. When a person is having an asthma attack, they struggle to even draw a full breath. The chest starts to tighten and breathing quickens. It’s a very scary experience. Learning what triggers an asthma attack can help you avoid it. 
 
What Is an Asthma Attack?
When a person is having an asthma attack, the muscles around the bronchial tubes tighten. These narrow passages make it incredibly hard to breathe. Other accompanying symptoms include wheezing and a rattling sound in the chest. 
 
How long the attack lasts varies. It depends on what triggered it and how badly the bronchial tubes are inflamed. A mild attack only lasts a few minutes and is resolved with an inhaler. A severe attack can go on for hours or even days. 
 
The Major Causes of an Asthma Attack
An asthma attack occurs when a person is exposed to their allergens. Common examples are grass or weed pollen, dust mites, trees, animal dander, and cockroaches. Some people react badly to certain smells, like perfume. Extreme weather, like humidity, can also affect your lungs. 
 
Certain illnesses increase your chances of an attack too. Mainly the ones that affect your respiratory symptoms, like sinusitis, the flu, or an upper respiratory infection. This includes aggravating your lungs by vigorously exercising.  
 
Pay attention to your body’s warning signs that an attack is coming on. You’ll notice an increased need for your inhaler, shortness of breath, a lingering cough, and problems exercising. 
 
Asthma Triggers in Children
Children experience asthma attacks more frequently and severely than adults. These triggers are extremely dangerous for young children:
  • Laughing or crying
  • Extended exercise
  • Cold air
  • Strong smells 
  • Smoke
  • Animal dander, pollen, or dust mites