Allergy and Asthma
If you have allergies or asthma, you know how debilitating they can be. These chronic conditions of the body’s immune system affect millions of Americans but can be effectively controlled with medication and careful management.
The caring specialists at North Kansas City Hospital have the expertise to accurately diagnose your allergies and asthma and then help you develop a management plan for healthy living.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are your body’s overactive response to foreign substances called "allergens." Common allergens include dust, mold, pollen and pet dander, but they can be anything your body perceives as a possible threat to your immune system. They can enter the body by being:
- Inhaled into the nose and lungs
- Ingested by mouth
- Absorbed through the skin
- Injected (insect stings)
Learn all about allergies and how to control them with our online Allergy Guide.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is an inherited disease that affects the airways. People with asthma have very sensitive airways that become inflamed and constricted by certain “triggers” including:
- Allergens (such as dust, mold, pollen)
- Smoke, air pollution and strong odors
- Respiratory infections
- Changes in weather
- Strong emotions
- Some medications
Learn all about asthma and how to manage it with our online Asthma Guide.
Helping You Breathe Easier
The lung and respiratory professionals at North Kansas City Hospital have the tools, technology and expertise to help you breathe easier. Our award-winning pulmonary care program offers a wide range of services including asthma care and respiratory therapy.
Learn more about our comprehensive pulmonary services including bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma.
Allergy & Asthma Resources
View a step-by-step guide on:
How to Use an Asthma Inhaler
How to Use a Nebulizer
How to Use a Peak Flow Meter
What Causes Wheezing