An estimated 23 million children and adults suffer from asthma in the United States, a number that has quadrupled over the last two decades. That’s mind-boggling, especially since experts haven’t teased out exactly what’s causing the rise, and few sufferers take measures to try to prevent attacks. The leading causes of asthma are reactions to allergens such as pet dander, pollen, mold and foods.
When you have asthma, the bronchial airways in your lungs become inflamed and hypersensitive. During an asthma attack, the muscles around these airways tighten, causing them to narrow even more, making it difficult to breathe. Rescue inhalers provide temporary asthma relief.
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling sound)
- Dry cough that lasts more than a week
The most common asthma triggers
- Pet dander
- Food allergies
- Tobacco smoke: Second hand smoke can exacerbate airway diseases, like pediatric sinusitis and asthma in children.
- Dust mites
I feel very strongly that for many people, asthma attacks are caused by underlying allergies and therefore are completely preventable. About 90 percent of asthma in children—and about 50 to 60 percent of adults—is caused by underlying allergies that contribute to their asthma attacks. Studies have shown that most children who have to go to the emergency room for an asthma attack have allergies—often undetected allergies to dust, pet dander, mold and even to foods.
What you can do
To reduce asthma attacks, diagnose for potential allergies, reduce your exposure to these allergens, or be treated with an effective allergy remedy such as allergy drops to build up a tolerance to the allergens. When I treat my patients with drops, I see a dramatic decrease in the amount of medication they use, including asthma inhalers and beta agonists like albuterol (Ventolin).
We use a simple blood test to determine exactly what you are allergic to, and prescribe the right formula of drops for you. Contact us today and get treated the easy, convenient, effective and painless way.