Effectively controlling asthma and allergies requires planning, skill and patience. Tests can be done to identify allergens which cause allergies. The allergist, with his or her specialized training and expertise in managing asthma and allergies, can develop a treatment plan for your individual condition. The goal will be to enable you to lead a life that is as normal and symptom-free as possible.
WHO IS AN ALLERGIST?
A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergies is an allergist.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE AN ALLERGIST?
Allergy sufferers may become so accustomed to chronic symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion or wheezing that they do not consider their condition to be unusual. Yet, with the help of an allergist, these symptoms can usually be prevented or controlled and the patient's quality of life greatly improved.
SEE AN ALLERGIST WHEN...
Your allergies are causing secondary symptoms such as chronic sinus infections, nasal congestion or difficulty breathing.
You experience hay fever or other allergy symptoms several months out of the year.
Antihistamines and other over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms, or create unacceptable side effects, such as drowsiness.
Your asthma or allergies are interfering with your ability to carry on day-to-day activities
You occasionally have to struggle to catch your breath.
You often wheeze or cough, especially at night or after exercise.
You are frequently short of breath or feel tightness in your chest.
You have previously been diagnosed with asthma but, despite treatment, you still have frequent acute asthma attacks.
You have persistent cough that does not go away with normal treatment
You have intolerable itching or problems with skin allergy
You have symptoms of food intolerance or food allergy
You have intolerance to drugs
Your allergies decrease the quality of your life