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Allergies and Asthma

AllergyIf you have allergies or asthma — or both — or care for someone who does, you know how miserable these chronic conditions can be. Our asthma and allergy specialists can diagnose your symptoms and customize a treatment plan to bring you relief.

Allergies

The specialists at Meritas Health ENT diagnose and treat allergies, which are one of the most common chronic conditions. The term allergic reaction refers to how your immune system reacts to something in the environment, such as pollen, pet dander, dust, mold or medication, to name just a few. Allergies are:

  • Absorbed through the skin
  • Ingested by mouth
  • Inhaled into the nose and lungs
  • Injected (insect stings)

Common Allergy Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose
  • Skin rash
  • Sneezing or nasal congestion
  • Trouble breathing

Diagnostic Tests

To get an accurate diagnosis, your allergist will test you for allergies. The two most common tests are:

Once you have a diagnosis, our experts work with you to develop a plan to help you manage your allergies so you can continue enjoying life.

Conditions We Treat

Common Treatment Options

Asthma

From diagnosis, to treatment, to symptom management, the pulmonologists at Meritas Health Pulmonary Medicine provide a wide range of asthma care services as part of a comprehensive, award-winning pulmonary program. Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs, making breathing difficult. When you have asthma, your airways may become irritated and inflamed, which can cause wheezing. The condition can be caused by genetics or the environment.

Asthma attack triggers include:

  • Allergens, such as dust, mold or pollen
  • Exercise
  • Hormones
  • Respiratory infections
  • Smoke, air pollution and strong odors
  • Some medications
  • Strong emotions
  • Weather changes

Common Treatment Options

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