Pinpointing asthma triggers is the first step to treatment for Buffalo Grove IL residents
Illinois and, specifically, Chicagoland has the dubious distinction as the area with one of the highest incidence of asthma in the country. The rate of asthma-related hospitalization is double the national average, according to the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago-Cook County. The association also reports asthma is to blame for more missed school days than any other chronic childhood illness.
There is certainly a need in our region for specialized treatment like that provided by Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois. Drs. Noga Askenazi, Eugenia Hahn, and Dipika Patel can assess the causes and triggers your asthma to prevent and treat its symptoms. By doing so, this condition doesn’t interfere with your ability to enjoy school, work, or other activities.
Identifying the cause
While airway narrowing and swelling characteristic of asthma is thought to have a genetic component, environmental factors are also at play. We can help you manage the environmental factors or substances that you are more sensitive to than others.
Asthma is largely categorized as allergic and non-allergic. Some of the most common triggers that inflame your airways and cause your symptoms include:
- Allergens – Substances such as dust mites, pollens, molds, animal dander, cockroach droppings
- Pollutants – Smoke, fumes, aerosols, sprays, gas, strong fragrances such as perfumes
- Respiratory infections – The No. 1 trigger of childhood asthma, these viruses include colds, flu
- Exercise, strenuous physical activity – Any breathing changes caused by activity or even strong emotions may trigger a flare-up
- Weather – Dry or cold air, sudden temperature changes (can also worsen exercise-induced asthma)
- Some medications – Including aspirin
Many triggers, many solutions
Drs. Askenazi, Hahn, and Patel can prevent or treat asthma, based off your specific triggers, with a few of the treatment approaches listed below:
- Allergens – Lifestyle modifications can help limit the exposure to irritants you breathe (such as dust) or consume (such as shellfish or peanuts)
- Pollutants – It’s estimated secondhand smoke alone accounts for up to 26,000 new cases of asthma each year, so again behavioral changes may be suggested to minimize exposure to irritants
- Exercise – Physical activity is beneficial for whole-body health. We can prescribe relief or long-acting medications to prevent and manage symptoms. Some sports, such as endurance running, are more associated with this asthma trigger, so we can discuss other options to help you stay physically active while addressing symptoms.
Of course, if respiratory problems set off your asthma we’ll want to get to the source and treat those conditions as well, and address any medications that may be responsible for asthmatic episodes.
Generally, quick-relief medications may be prescribed to control immediate, acute symptoms. Long-term control meds help to reduce the number and severity of flare-ups over time. These drugs may be inhaled or swallowed in pill form. Depending on your trigger, we can also suggest therapies that expose you to a small, yet gradually increasing amount of the aggravating substance. With time, your immune system becomes more tolerant of that substance and is less likely to react by releasing the chemicals that cause your asthma symptoms.
Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois will identify the best allergy treatment near Buffalo Grove IL for you. Call 847 888 8802 to schedule an appointment at our Lake Barrington location.