What is Allergic Asthma?
An asthma attack can happen without warning. Many people have no clue that they have an allergy until it’s too late – and they find out the hard way. All of a sudden, you start coughing or sneezing, finding it hard to breathe, or you break out in hives or welts – all signs and symptoms of asthma. Something you have eaten or inhaled caused a reaction. That’s allergic asthma. At GMP Medical in Hialeah, we perform allergy testing and can help you manage your allergies. We believe an ounce of prevention goes a long way.
Allergies Are Common
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Each year, more than 50 million people suffer from various types of allergies – 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), those numbers are growing. Children especially get hit hard. Allergic conditions are the most common health issues affecting them.
What Is an Allergy?
Think of an allergy as the body’s enemy, and the body reacting to that enemy. When the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful, it overreacts to it. The substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens.
Types of Allergens
Allergens are all around us, and we breathe them in, on a regular basis. The most common allergens are pollen from plants, dust mites, mold, animal dander, and cockroaches. Some people get hit only with seasonal allergies, while others are affected year-round. But some other types of allergies- such as food allergies, can cause asthma symptoms – or allergic asthma. Some of the most common foods that cause allergic reactions are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Some allergens lead to an asthma attack.
Signs and Symptoms of an Asthma Attack
The signs and symptoms of an asthma attack vary from person to person. But according to the Mayo Clinic, they include severe shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain, and coughing or wheezing.
Asthma Treatment Options
There is no cure for allergies, but thankfully, treatments are available. There are prescription and over-the-counter medicines you can take, both in pill form and nasal sprays. You can also get an allergy shot.
IV Therapy for Allergies
A more natural treatment option for allergies is the vitamin-rich IV Infusion Therapy or intravenous infusion, which we offer. This therapy injects or infuses liquid doses of vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrients. A recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that treatment with intravenous high-dose vitamin C reduces allergy-related symptoms.
We Offer Allergy Testing
One of the many services we offer is allergy testing. We start by reviewing your personal and medical history and give you a physical exam. We then give you allergy testing that can identify the specific things that trigger your allergic reactions. Today, allergy tests are more accurate than ever.
Make an Appointment to Get Tested for Allergies
GMP Medical makes getting tested for allergies easy and convenient. For an appointment, call us at (305) 823-2433 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you manage your allergies and to breathe easier.
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