How your allergy doctor in Metairie, and Covington, LA, can help with allergy induced asthma
An asthma attack can be a scary experience, especially when it happens to your child. Asthma attacks may often be brought on by exposure to an allergic substance, known as an allergen. Exposure to the allergen causes airways to narrow, making it difficult for your child to breathe. Your allergy doctor can help your child get relief from allergy induced asthma.
Dr. Alan Sheen provides a wide range of allergy and immunology services, including testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy induced asthma in children. He has two convenient office locations in Metairie, and Covington, LA, to help you.
The first step in allergy induced asthma treatment is to find out what your child is allergic to. Common allergens include:
- Grasses and weeds
- Trees and plants
- Flower pollens
- Dust and dust mites
- Mold and spores
- Pet dander and fur
Your allergy doctor can test your child for allergies to these common substances. When you know what your child is allergic to, it becomes much easier for your child to avoid the allergen.
You can do a lot to minimize exposure by limiting allergens in your home. You can do this by:
- Vacuuming and dusting frequently
- Using hypoallergenic sheets and linens
- Washing linens frequently
- Installing an air purifier in your house
- Keep pets off furniture and out of your child’s bedroom
- Keep doors and windows closed when pollen counts are high
Your allergy doctor may also test your child’s lung function with spirometry or peak flow measurement. Nitric oxide testing may be performed to measure how well the lungs are working.
Your allergy doctor may recommend these treatments for allergy induced asthma:
- Rescue inhalers for short-term relief
- Long-term asthma medications
- Sublingual immunotherapy treatments
To find out more about allergy induced asthma and how your allergy doctor can help your child get relief, call Dr. Alan Sheen. You can reach him in Metairie, LA, by calling (504) 456-1999, or in Covington, LA, by calling (985) 246-6077, so call today.