If you have asthma or allergies, you’re probably familiar with symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and other upper respiratory issues. The expert physicians at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center offer expert diagnosis and treatments for allergies and asthma at their offices in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. Call or schedule an appointment online today for treatment that relieves your symptoms and can help you lead a healthier, more active life.
An allergy is an immune system reaction that causes an inflammatory response to a usually benign substance known as an allergen. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold spores, and animal dander.
Common symptoms that indicate an allergy include:
The physicians at Lakeshore ENT specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies that cause reactions in the upper respiratory system.
If you suspect you have an allergy, your doctor at Lakeshore ENT evaluates your symptoms and may administer a scratch test to expose you to a small and controlled amount of the suspected allergen to gauge your reaction. In some cases, they use more advanced testing like nasal endoscopy, nasal smears, peak flow testing, and blood work.
Generally, the first course of action is identifying your specific allergy triggers and creating a plan to avoid them. Your doctor may also prescribe antihistamines to lower and control the chemicals your body releases to fight off the perceived threat.
You may benefit from immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots. With this treatment, your doctor exposes your body to small amounts of the allergen so you become desensitized to it. This can cause your symptoms to lessen and eventually disappear.
Asthma is a chronic condition where the airways of your lungs become inflamed, making it difficult for air to pass easily. Many people with asthma also have allergies, and airborne allergens like pollen are known to trigger asthma attacks.
Common symptoms of asthma include:
Approximately 25 million Americans of all ages live with asthma, which means the providers at Lakeshore ENT have a great deal of experience treating the problem.
The doctors at Lakeshore ENT first confirm an asthma diagnosis by listening to your lungs and measuring your lung function with tests like spirometry and peak flow meter.
There's no known cure for asthma, so treatment consists of the experts at Lakeshore ENT helping with symptom management and lifestyle modifications. Asthma medications reduce inflammation in your lungs to open and expand your airway. An inhaler may be recommended for regular, everyday use or as needed when you feel an attack coming on.
You may also benefit from regular, moderate exercise, and you may need to limit your exposure to airborne allergens that could further irritate and inflame your airways.
Call or schedule an appointment online for expert medical care for asthma and allergies at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center.
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