Asthma and allergies are two of the most common health problems in America. Approximately 50-55 million Americans suffer from asthma, hay fever, eczema, food allergies and other allergic disorders.
You should schedule an appointment with an allergist if your asthma or allergic disorders are not controlled by over the counter medications or current prescription medications.
Board certified allergists are medical doctors who complete three years of internal medicine or pediatric training, and then go on to complete two- to three more years of fellowship training. Allergist are trained to diagnose and treat conditions ranging from uncontrolled runny nose and congestion to severe immune deficiency disorders.
Let’s talk about a few conditions for which you should see an allergist:
Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever): Allergic rhinitis plagues many Americans. If your allergies are not controlled by over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines (Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin, Benadryl, etc.) or nasal steroids (Nasacort is approved OTC, and Flonase will be available OTC in 2015), you should schedule an appointment with an allergist. An allergist will evaluate your allergy triggers and suggest treatments accordingly. Treatments may include medications, sublingual (under the tongue) allergen immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergen immunotherapy is a very effective long-term allergy treatment, and 85-90 percent of patients experience relief with this treatment. Continue reading