Roughly half of all adults who have asthma also have allergies. Because you need to know what triggers your asthmatic symptoms, having thorough allergy testing with internist Narendra Punjabi, MD is essential. His team at Punjabi Medical Clinic in Austin, Texas, specializes in diagnosing allergies and asthma. By offering the most advanced treatment options, Dr. Punjabi helps countless patients learn to manage allergy and asthma issues.
Allergens are substances in the environment that are typically not harmful. But allergens can cause the immune system in some people to overreact. Specialized cells start attacking the allergen, resulting in widespread inflammation. Inflamed bronchial airways in your lungs produce an extra coating of mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe clearly.
Any allergen that your body tries to fight can cause an asthma attack. Common environmental allergens include:
Food allergies can worsen your asthma attacks as well. So if you know you avoid all types of possible environmental allergens but still have problems, your diet could be to blame. You might be allergic to:
Likely yes, especially if you know you already have asthma. Dr. Punjabi might order a blood allergy test to see which allergens are triggering asthmatic symptoms. He also sometimes performs a skin prick allergy test to evaluate you for additional allergens further.
During the skin prick test, Dr. Punjabi drops small amounts of an allergen solution onto your skin. He gently scratches your skin’s surface to force those allergens to sink in.
While you might feel some discomfort or itching, this test is most beneficial for determining your specific allergen. You know all about your allergen — and what to avoid — before you leave the doctor’s office.
One of the first steps in managing your asthma is having allergy tests and learning to avoid any potential allergens. If you continue having asthma attacks, Dr. Punjabi could prescribe medications, including fast-acting or long-lasting inhaler medications, to improve your breathing. Injectible medications help some people who have severe and frequent asthma attacks.
If you’re struggling to manage your asthma or allergies and need treatment, make an appointment at Punjabi Medical Clinic. Call or book an asthma and allergy consultation appointment online.