SOURCE: Clarity Allergy Center

Clarity Allergy Center

March 26, 2014 13:26 ET

Allergic Asthma: Could Allergies Be Triggering Your Asthma?

Nearly 60 Percent of Asthma Sufferers Have Allergic Asthma; For Those Seeking Combined Asthma and Allergy Symptom Relief, Brian Rotskoff, MD, Suggests Considering Xolair

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Mar 26, 2014) - In the U.S., there are an estimated 25 million asthma sufferers. For many of those sufferers, treatment involves a combination of medication for long-term symptoms and quick relief during an asthma attack. While managing symptoms and stopping an attack are top asthma priorities, next on the list of importance is identifying triggers. An estimated 60% of asthma sufferers don't know their asthma symptoms are actually caused by allergic asthma.

"When talking about allergic asthma, there is a lot of confusion," says Chicago allergist, Brian Rotskoff, MD. "For many, it's either allergies or asthma -- many people don't realize that there is a huge correlation between the two. Allergies trigger asthma, it's that simple."

As one of the top allergists in the country, Dr. Rotskoff's method of treatment is the same across the board. "Whether I'm treating a patient with chronic cough, allergies, or asthma, the most important step that I take is identifying the cause of symptoms," he explains. "In the case of a chronic condition, such as asthma or cough, very often I see temporary relief of symptoms. While many patients are thirsting for that immediate relief, they won't be satisfied until they treat their condition wholly."

When to see your asthma specialist
Asthma is a condition that varies from person to person. Symptoms, reactions, and triggers are all different in each person. Many patients have a long-term asthma therapy plan, but still experience attacks. While asthma attacks will occur and can be treated with a fast-acting inhaler, it is important to notice a difference and improvement in daily activity, along with symptoms.

If you have implemented a long-term asthma therapy plan and still feel like symptoms are controlling your life, see a specialist. Dr. Rotskoff will open communication about your symptoms and dig deeper for a thorough diagnosis and better management plan.

At your appointment with Dr. Rotskoff, you will discuss:

  • Your symptoms and how often they occur
    • asthma attacks
    • shortness of breath
    • chest tightness
    • coughing or wheezing
  • How long you have had symptoms
  • Avoiding or minimizing exposure to allergy and asthma triggers

How do I know if allergies are triggering my asthma?
If there is a pattern of an attack around dog or cat dander, dust mites, pollen or mold, then it is likely that you have allergic asthma. If this is suspected, Dr. Rotskoff will administer an allergy test. If you test positive for allergies as a cause of your asthma attacks, Dr. Rotskoff may add a prescription of Xolair (omalizumab), an injectable allergy medication, to your asthma treatment regime.

For patients over the age of 12 with moderate to severe persistent allergic asthma, Xolair will target your allergy symptoms. Taking care of these allergy symptoms will then eliminate the trigger that is causing your asthma suffering. Xolair is only administered in a doctor's office, so call the Clarity Allergy Center today and find asthma relief tomorrow.

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