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By The Allergy Center, PA
July 01, 2021
Category: Asthma
Tags: Asthma   Occupational Asthma  
Occupational AsthmaIf you work in a factory or on a construction site and you suddenly notice wheezing and trouble breathing, it is possible that you could be dealing with a form of asthma known as occupational asthma. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, around 10-25 percent of adults with asthma also experience occupational asthma. This is often caused by exposure to certain irritants including fumes, smoke, dust, and gases.
 
How do you know if you have occupational asthma? You may experience these symptoms:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing
People with occupational asthma may notice that their symptoms subside once they leave work; however, it can take hours for symptoms to go away and you may still notice that your symptoms persist even once you’re home.
However, it’s important to note whether symptoms only appear once you arrive at the workplace and when symptoms get worse (e.g. throughout the workweek). If you also notice symptoms lessening or going away on the weekends, this is another sign that your work environment could be impacting your health.
 
Should I see an asthma specialist?

If you are ever experiencing symptoms of asthma, you must see an asthma specialist who can diagnose your condition and provide you with immediate treatment. Since asthma attacks can be life-threatening, you mustn’t ignore minor symptoms, as they can often get worse over time if left untreated. If you are experiencing wheezing, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough while at work, it’s important to discuss these symptoms with a qualified specialist.
 
How is occupational asthma treated?

As with an allergic reaction, it’s important to avoid the offending substances that could be causing your symptoms. Along with avoidance, your doctor will also provide you with the medication that will help to reduce airway inflammation along with medication that should only be used if you notice the symptoms of an asthma attack flaring up. You will often be prescribed a long-term control medication such as inhaled steroids, as well as a fasting-acting, quick-relief medication such as an Albuterol inhaler.
 
If you are dealing with symptoms of occupational asthma, you must turn to an allergist and asthma specialist who can properly diagnose and treat your condition.
By The Allergy Center, PA
May 13, 2021
Category: Asthma
Tags: Asthma   Asthma Symptoms  
AsthmaEven though asthma is a chronic condition, it can be properly managed by turning to an allergist and asthma specialist who can prescribe the necessary medication, identify triggers, and prevent flare-ups. There isn’t a singular way to manage asthma symptoms, because everyone’s symptoms are different. Even if your asthma symptoms are mild, a treatment plan is still necessary. Here are some of the ways to control your asthma symptoms.
 
Know What Triggers You

It’s important to understand what triggers an asthma flare-up or attack. Common triggers include,
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Cold weather
  • Smoke
  • Exercise
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory or sinus infections
  • Certain foods
  • Fragrances
  • Irritants
  • Environmental pollutants
Find the Right Medications

Anyone who’s been diagnosed with asthma will need to take medication. The two most common types of asthma medications are long-term or maintenance medication and a fast-acting inhaler, which is only used when you feel the symptoms of an attack coming on. Your asthma specialist will provide you with comprehensive instructions on the medications you need and how to use them properly.
 
Get Stress Under Control

Stress can be a major trigger for those with asthma. By finding effective ways to relax and calm the body down, people with asthma can also see relief in their flare-ups. Some ways to manage stress include meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness, massage therapy, and even exercise.
 
Clean Your Home Regularly

Dust mites, pet hair, and other indoor allergens can also trigger asthma, so you must be regularly vacuuming, disinfecting, and cleaning all surfaces, from the rugs and carpets to the countertops and bedding. If you have pets, make sure that they are getting bathed regularly.
 
Have an Action Plan In Place

Everyone with asthma should have an asthma action plan that will provide you with everything you need to know about handling your symptoms and when to seek emergency care. An action plan is something that your asthma specialist can create with you to make sure that you know what to do when a flare-up or attack presents itself.
 
Your medications, lifestyle, and treatment plan must be providing you with effective ways to control flare-ups and reduce symptoms. If you are living with asthma, an asthma specialist and allergist can provide you with the information, symptom management, and medications you need.
By The Allergy Center, PA
March 11, 2021
Category: Asthma
Tags: Asthma   Pregnancy  
Asthma During PregnancyWhether you were diagnosed with asthma before becoming pregnant or you developed this respiratory condition during your pregnancy, you must get the treatment you need from an asthma specialist. After all, this reduction in oxygen doesn’t just impact your health but also the health of the fetus. Some women who had asthma before pregnancy report an improvement in their symptoms while others notice that symptoms worsen. It’s important to let your asthma specialist know about any changes in severity and/or frequency of your asthma symptoms while pregnant.
 
What are the signs?

You could have asthma if you experience any of these symptoms,
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • A persistent cough that may be worse at night or first thing in the morning
  • Chest tightness
  • Feeling like you can’t get a full breath
What triggers asthma?

Several things could trigger asthma. Common triggers include,
  • Allergies (e.g., pet dander; mold; pollen)
  • Environmental irritants (e.g., fireplaces; cold air; cigarette smoke)
  • Respiratory infections (e.g., cold; flu; pneumonia)
  • Exercise
  • Stress
How is asthma treated?

If you had asthma before pregnancy then your asthma specialist has already provided you with a customized treatment plan and medications; however, if this is the first time you’ve been diagnosed with asthma and it’s during pregnancy you must see an asthma specialist right away. Untreated or uncontrollable asthma during pregnancy can increase your risk for preeclampsia, premature birth, and low birth weight. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of asthma during your pregnancy, you must seek proper medical attention.
 
It’s also important that you talk with your doctor if you notice your asthma worsening during pregnancy. If you were taking any medication before getting pregnant you must continue to take your medication as prescribed and talk with your doctor first about whether or not to stop taking it. Women that are pregnant are not ideal candidates for allergy shots and will need to wait before getting immunotherapy; however, if you were getting them before you got pregnant you can continue with the rest of your treatment.
 
If you are concerned about controlling your asthma during pregnancy, talk with an allergist and asthma doctor today. We can revamp your current asthma action plan to accommodate your health and the health of your unborn baby.
By The Allergy Center, PA
January 15, 2021
Category: Asthma
Tags: Asthma   Wintertime   Cold Weather  
How the Cold Affects Your AsthmaDoes the wintertime cause you to deal with frequent asthma flare-ups?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes inflammation of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Certain factors can trigger your symptoms. It’s important to recognize your asthma triggers so you can avoid them as much as possible. Along with exercise and stress, you may find that your asthma is aggravated by cold weather. Cold weather is a common problem for people with asthma and can make symptoms worse.

Why?

So, it’s not actually the coldness of the weather itself that can lead to restricted airways and trouble breathing in those with asthma. It’s actually the dryness in the cold air. Your nose and mouth typically warm up the air before it hits the lungs, but when the air is too cold, your nose and mouth may not be able to fully warm up the air before it reaches the lungs.

If you also enjoy running or exercising outdoors, this can lead to a double whammy of asthma symptoms. To protect yourself, you may wish to bring your physical activities indoors and limit exposure to the outdoor elements during the winter months.

How do I know that cold and dry air is a trigger?

Some of the most common asthma symptoms include,
  • A persistent cough (that may get worse at night)
  • Chest tightness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
These symptoms typically occur fairly quickly after being in cold weather. Fortunately, you may notice that your symptoms go away or lessen once you go back inside. If your asthma is more severe, you may need a rescue inhaler to ease your symptoms, even once you’re indoors.

How do I manage my cold weather-related asthma problems?

Along with taking your everyday controller inhaler, which reduces inflammation in the lungs and airways, a rescue inhaler is going to provide you with short but fast relief when your asthma symptoms flare-up. If you don’t have a rescue inhaler, or you don’t find that your current rescue inhaler lessens your symptoms, it’s important to talk with your allergist and asthma doctor right away.

It’s important to avoid cold, dry weather as much as possible. If you must go outside, make sure that you can easily get back inside as much as possible. You may even wish to wear a covering over your nose and mouth before going outside.

If you are noticing any changes in your asthma or you have questions about living with asthma, an allergist and asthma specialist can provide you with the answers and specialized care you need. Schedule an appointment today and have someone on your team that can help you get your asthma under control.
By The Allergy Center, PA
October 26, 2020
Category: Asthma
Tags: Asthma   Swimming   Yoga   Brisk walking   Exercises  
Exercise offers amazing health benefits; however, what if you have been diagnosed with asthma? If you have asthma you may have discovered that exercise triggers your wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness; however, it’s important not to give up on exercise just because you have asthma. Your asthma specialist can help you find ways to exercise safely even with asthma.

Everything from extreme temperatures to allergens can increase your risk for an asthma attack, and since most people breathe through their mouths while exercising, you may find that mouth breathing triggers your symptoms. Instead, try to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. This may be less likely to trigger symptoms.

To Exert or Not To Exert?

When you find a workout that you love it’s hard to imagine giving it up if you have asthma. Some people with milder symptoms may be able to push themselves a little harder than those with more severe symptoms but it’s important not to overexert yourself. Some of the best exercises for improving the health and strength of the lungs include:
  • Swimming: This low-impact aerobic activity is one of the best exercises for those with asthma, as it can help strengthen the muscles to improve lung capacity and breathing.
  • Yoga: Yoga provides you with safe, gentle exercises that can help to open up your chest and teach people how to breathe more deeply. This in turn may improve asthma symptoms.
  • Brisk walking: Walking is another great exercise because it’s gentle on the body and is low intensity but still offers great cardiovascular benefits. Try to walk for at least 30 minutes each day.
It’s important to talk with your asthma specialist about different exercises and physical activities in which you are interested in taking part. While we don’t want to limit what our asthma patients do, it’s important to recognize that certain activities such as snowboarding or endurance running can trigger symptoms. Of course, this is where your allergist comes in to provide you with medications and ways to help you control your symptoms to prevent a flare-up.

If you are living with asthma but want to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, it’s important to do it safely. Talk to a qualified allergist and asthma specialist before starting a new workout regimen.