Allergies And Asthma Specialist

Daily Apple Clinic

Adult Care, Primary Care, & Family Nurse Practitioners located in Congress Park, Denver, CO

Allergies are immune system reactions that can cause asthma attacks and a variety of other dangerous symptoms. In Congress Park of Denver, Colorado, Paul Reynolds, FNP, Monica Schonteich, FNP, and the experienced team at Daily Apple Clinic tailor individualized treatments for allergies and asthma. They can also help you explore strategies to prevent allergy symptoms and asthma attacks. For professional help managing your allergies and asthma, call the Daily Apple Clinic or book your visit online today.

Allergies and Asthma Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies result from an immune system reaction to something in your environment, something you’ve touched, or something you’ve consumed. 

Usually, your immune system would only react in such a way to pathogens like bacteria or viruses, which are dangerous for you. However, with allergies, your immune system interprets something harmless as a threat and reacts protectively.

Common allergens include eggs, milk, pollen, peanuts, tree nuts, and animal dander. Some allergies are seasonal when certain types of pollen are in the air, but other allergens are present in the environment year-round. Your symptoms can affect your skin, airways, or digestive system and may include:

  • Rashes and hives
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or runny nose
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

A severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. It can threaten your life, and you should be prepared at all times if your allergies are serious enough to cause it. It causes swelling of the airways, breathing problems, lightheadedness, and possible loss of consciousness.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting your airways, so it results in either intermittent or ongoing breathing difficulties. It causes the airways in your lungs to get narrower, often in response to triggers like cold air, exercise, or allergens. 

Whether you experience asthma symptoms at all times or only a few times a year, they can include:

  • Wheezing
  • Breath shortness
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness or pain

Some people have asthma attacks where your symptoms get worse than they are at your baseline. A severe asthma attack can be life-threatening because it stops you from getting oxygen. 

What do allergies and asthma have in common?

Daily Apple Clinic often treats allergies and asthma together because an allergic reaction can cause an asthma attack. If you have asthma and allergies, you may be at risk of having an asthma attack in response to exposure to your allergen. 

How are allergies and asthma treated?

Daily Apple Clinic works with you to manage your allergies and asthma symptoms. They create a treatment plan to help you avoid allergic reactions and asthma attacks or manage them if they happen.

Certain oral medications can reduce or prevent allergy symptoms of all kinds. If you’re prone to anaphylaxis, you might need to carry injectable epinephrine with you at all times in case of an attack.

Your provider might prescribe inhaler medications like corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists. You need to take certain inhaler medications daily, and others are as-needed. 

Breathing treatments like inhalers and nebulizers can treat asthma as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a long-term condition that affects your lungs and worsens with time. 

Schedule an appointment at Daily Apple Clinic by phone or book one online today.