At TexasAllergyMD, we understand the challenges that come with managing asthma. Fortunately, we can provide several resources and treatments to help you stay on top of your asthma management. In this article, we will discuss what you should know about asthma, ways you can manage asthma, and how our services can help you breathe easier.
Understanding Asthma and Its Triggers
As a chronic respiratory condition, asthma causes inflammation and narrowing in the airways, making breathing challenging. A variety of factors can trigger asthma symptoms, including:
- Allergens: Substances that cause allergies can also trigger asthma and can include dust mites, pollen, molds, cockroaches, and animal allergens such as pet dander.
- Environmental Factors: Environmental factors such as air pollution, exhaust fumes, smog, and even strong odors can trigger asthma symptoms. Even weather, such as dry wind, cold air, and sudden temperature changes, can cause an asthma episode.
- Exercise: Exercise and other activities that make you breathe harder can affect your asthma, especially in cold air. Also known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, it can appear after several minutes of sustained exercise.
- Respiratory Infections: Respiratory infections such as colds, the flu, Covid-19, sinusitis, and sore throats can also affect your asthma and trigger its effects. Other comorbid conditions can compound asthma symptoms, including obstructive sleep apnea, GERD, food allergies, and rhinitis.
Managing Asthma with TexasAllergyMD and AllergenIQ
Dr. Mireku offers a wide range of resources to help people manage their allergies and asthma, both in the office and virtually. At TexasAllergyMD, our team can provide a wide range of treatments, including:
- Environmental Sublingual Immunotherapy: Also known as SLIT, is an allergy treatment that administers allergens in small doses to desensitize the body and reduce symptoms.
- Inhaled Corticosteroids: Inhalers are the most common form of treatment for asthma. They deliver medication directly to the lungs to help reduce inflammation and open the airways.
- Allergy Shots: Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, can effectively reduce asthma symptoms triggered by allergens.
- Oral Medications: Oral medications, such as leukotriene modifiers and corticosteroids, can help reduce inflammation and control asthma symptoms.
- Lifestyle Changes: Making lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers and staying active, can help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms.
At TexasAllergyMD, we work closely with our patients to develop personalized asthma treatment plans that address their needs and lifestyles. However, for children who face challenges with their asthma, AllergenIQ is a virtual health platform founded by Dr. Mireku that offers a range of resources to help parents manage their child’s allergies and asthma in the comfort of their own homes. Here are some of the ways that AllergenIQ can help you manage your child’s asthma:
- Asthma Treatment Plan: AllergenIQ provides a customizable treatment plan to help you manage your asthma symptoms and avoid triggers. The plan includes step-by-step instructions on what to do if you experience asthma symptoms and tips on avoiding triggers.
- Education and Resources: AllergenIQ offers a range of educational resources on asthma, including the ebook “5 Dangerous Myths About Your Child’s Food Allergies,” where parents can lead about childhood food allergies, refuting myths about food allergies and how to manage your child’s food allergies with practical tips from Dr. Mireku.
- Virtual Appointments: AllergenIQ also offers virtual appointments with Dr. Mireku and our team of allergists and asthma specialists. These appointments can be a convenient and effective way to manage your asthma without having to leave your home.
Contact TexasAllergyMD For Effective, Lasting Asthma Treatment!
If you are experiencing asthma symptoms, seeking medical attention from a healthcare professional is essential. At TexasAllergyMD, we specialize in diagnosing and treating asthma. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals will work with you to develop a personalized asthma treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take control of your asthma.