Respiratory and epidermal conditions, as well as asthma, can often be effectively treated by your allergist. The right treatment for you will depend on the root cause of the allergy, as well as the severity of your symptoms.
Allergy Treatment for Respiratory Conditions
Sinusitis, or rhinosinusitis, is a condition that causes inflammation in the sinus lining. This condition can be caused by allergies, such as hay fever, or an infection. Sinusitis causes facial pain or pressure, nasal congestion, a runny nose, and/or headaches.
To treat allergy sinusitis, your allergist will pinpoint what you’re allergic to, then devise a treatment plan accordingly. This may include corticosteroid nasal sprays, decongestants, and more.
Allergy Treatment for Epidermal Conditions
Eczema and hives are the two most common epidermal, or skin, conditions that impact people today.
Eczema occurs in patients with dry skin, and it leads to red, patchy, and scaly areas of the skin. Children most commonly suffer from eczema, but it can occur at any age. Moisturizing is the most important component of eczema treatment, and emollient moisturizers should be used every day for treatment. You may also be prescribed a specific hand soap for at-home use, and topical steroids can be prescribed to soothe eczema flares.
Hives, or urticaria, refer to sudden outbreaks of red, inflamed bumps or patches on the skin. Hives can appear anywhere on the body and may itch, sting, or burn. Allergies are the most common cause of hives, and this condition can be controlled with prescribed antihistamines, corticosteroids, and potentially drugs to calm the immune system, in severe cases.
Allergy Treatment for Asthma
Asthma is a condition that ranges in severity. It causes symptoms that can include shortness of breath, chest tightness, obstructed airflow, coughing, wheezing, chronic sinus infections, and nasal polyps. Asthma attacks cause the airways to swell up and produce additional mucus, making it difficult to breathe.
Traditionally, severe asthma is treated with a high-dose inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and a secondary steroid. Quick-relief or “rescue” inhalers can also be used for relief if an attack strikes. That said, new severe allergy treatments Fasenra and Nucala can prevent asthma attacks and lower oral steroid use. These cutting-edge treatments for severe asthma work by reducing blood eosinophils, as well as lowering exacerbations and improving breathing.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.