Happy New Year! With the new year comes new opportunities for health goals and resolutions. For allergy and asthma sufferers, it’s the perfect time to get the wheezing and sneezing under control and commit to better breathing in the upcoming year. Many people with asthma don’t know that allergists are specially trained to treat asthma symptoms. Studies have shown that, in addition to care provided by your general practitioner, patients getting care from a board-certified allergist have fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits, fewer restrictions in activities, and improved physical function. Do not let allergies and asthma prevent you from living your best year–Call Allergy and Asthma Associates today to schedule your appointment with our specialists!
For Allergy and Asthma Sufferers:
- Know what is triggering your symptoms.
Identifying what triggers your allergy and asthma symptoms is the only way to effectively control them. A board-certified allergist at Allergy and Asthma Associates will take a complete history and perform testing that will definitively identify your specific allergies.
- Make changes to your home to combat your seasonal allergies this winter.
If you are perpetually stuffy, have itchy eyes, and pressure in your head this time of the year, you might suffer from what is often called “winter allergies.” Because you are indoors with little ventilation and low humidity, you are exposed to more indoor allergens such as pet dander and more irritating dry air. Allergen avoidance measures and indoor environment improvement may be discussed with your allergy specialist at Allergy and Asthma Associates.
- Plan ahead for the spring season.
Spring pollen season is right around the corner. We can begin to see tree pollens as early as January (Juniper and Mountain Cedar trees). Be aware that some allergy medications require you to begin taking them well before the onset of symptoms, so now is the perfect time to see your allergist and discuss the options. If appropriate for you, allergy shots (immunotherapy) can modify your allergies rather than just treat symptoms and, in some cases, prevent new allergies.