May 1, 2019
As they say, April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring the most heightened month of symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. In 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America began recognizing the entire month of May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. These conditions can often be misunderstood and now is the perfect time to educate yourself and others.
What is the difference between allergies and asthma?
Allergies are caused by surrounding allergens and your body overreacts to attempt to rid your body of the allergen. Allergens can range from certain drugs, food, mold, pet dander or pollen and usually bring sneezing, runny nose, rashes and other related symptoms along with them. Allergies are generally treated by avoiding the allergen and medication — but it is important to note if you suffer from a severe reaction to an allergen (ex: tree nuts), you must carry proper medication with you in case you come in contact with it unexpectedly. These conditions can be related in countless cases as asthma causes airways to swell, making it difficult to breathe. Other symptoms include wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest. It is more common in children than adults and important to diagnose properly as an estimated more than 26 million Americans suffer from asthma.
Take Precautions When Outside
As much as the warmer weather encourages us all to spend as much time as possible outside, it is vital to pay attention to the daily pollen levels, and plan to be outside in the mornings or evenings when the pollen count is typically at its lowest. Keep in mind that fertilizer, freshly cut grass, and others can sometimes trigger symptoms — outsourcing those tasks when possible might be a good idea. Air quality also has an impact on how well our lungs function and might force you to plan to avoid being outside altogether, especially exerting yourself, when the air quality is exceptionally poor.
Know When to Talk to Your Doctor
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies. If you are unsure if what you classify as allergies might be severe asthma, make sure you talk to your doctor. Allergies and asthma are both controllable with the correct preparation and medication, but only if you take the appropriate precautions.
Therapies We Administer
IVX Health administers high quality infusion and injection therapies, including:
Severe Asthma Treatments at IVX Health
If IV infusions or injections like Cinqair, Fasenra or Nucala are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.
With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.
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