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Four Things to Know About Improving Your Asthma.

Santa Monica, CA –

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness month, and the first thing you need to know is that getting your asthma under control, while challenging, isn’t as hard as you may think. Asthma prevalence in the United States is at an all-time high, with 26 million people – including 7 million children – suffering from the disease. But with the right measures in place, people can control their asthma and reduce or stop their symptoms.

 

“Nobody wants to end up in the emergency room or in a hospital bed because their asthma symptoms aren’t controlled and they can’t breathe,” said allergist Dora Afrahim, Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group. “Unfortunately, hospital visits are all too common for asthma sufferers because they aren’t aware of simple measures that can keep them on track. Not only is uncontrolled asthma more dangerous, it’s far more costly.”

 

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has put together this list of facts to help you understand how you can not only achieve better outcomes with your asthma, but also start breathing easier.

 

Control your asthma, control your life – Asthma sufferers may not realize that getting their symptoms under control can improve their overall health. Controlled asthma means:

 

Immunotherapy (allergy shots) can help asthmaImmunotherapy can reduce sensitivity to the allergens that trigger asthma attacks and significantly reduce the severity of the disease. It might even prevent the development of asthma in some children with seasonal allergies.

 

Each person with asthma is unique – and so are their symptoms – Asthma is complex, and exists in a variety of forms, including allergic asthma, exercise-induced asthma and work-related asthma.   Each type can have different symptoms and triggers, and each requires a different approach to diagnosis and treatment.

 

Allergists are specially trained to treat every kind of asthma – Many people with asthma don’t know that an allergist is specially trained to create an asthma plan that will work for your unique set of triggers and symptoms. An allergist will partner with you to ensure proper use of long-term controller medications and avoid over-reliance on quick-relief medications.

According to the newly updated ACAAI Asthma Management and the Allergist: Better Outcomes at Lower Cost, asthma care provided by allergists is associated with better patient outcomes across a range of important markers. Compared to care provided by generalists, patients getting care from an allergist have fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits, higher ratings for the quality of care, fewer restrictions in activities and improved physical functioning. The ACAAI Scope and Impact of the Asthma Epidemic infographic contains valuable asthma management information.

 

Dora Afrahim, MPAP, PA-C

Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group

For more information about treatment of allergies and asthma, visit our website at www.SneezeWheeze.com, or reach us by telephone: (310)828-8534 or by e-mail: FrontOffice@allergyandclinical.com

 

Author
Dora Afrahim, PA-C Dora Afrahim is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and then received her Master's degree from Keck School of Medicine USC. Her training includes general medicine as well as diagnosing and developing individualized treatment plans for patients who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system. Dora is a Southern California native and was inspired to specialize in Allergy & Immunology by her desire to help improve her patient’s quality of life. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, traveling and volunteering.

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