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Breathe Easier During Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

May marks an important time for those who battle asthma and allergies. As pollen fills the air and triggers symptoms, Austin ENT & Allergy is committed to supporting our patients in navigating their allergy and asthma symptoms.  

Understanding Asthma & Allergies    

Allergy and asthma are chronic respiratory conditions that impact millions of individuals worldwide. According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 100 million people in the United States have asthma and/or allergies.  
 
Asthma is a long-term disease characterized by inflammation and swelling of the lower airways, leading to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. On the other hand, allergies result from the immune system’s overreaction to specific allergens, triggering symptoms like sneezing, itching, nasal congestion, and watery eyes.  

Identifying Triggers

Outdoor Allergens: Trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen during spring, summer, and autumn, leading to seasonal allergies.  
 
Indoor Allergens: Dust mites, pet dander, and mold can thrive in bedding, upholstery, and carpets and can provoke allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. 
 
Smoke and Air Pollution: Environmental pollutants like smoke and airborne particles can worsen asthma symptoms by irritating the airways, ultimately triggering an asthma attack. 

Tips for Managing Asthma & Allergies 

Stay Informed: Track your area’s pollen forecasts and allergen levels. Educate yourself by reading about asthma and allergies on reputable websites such as Austin ENT & Allergy, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), and the American Lung Association.  
 
Management: Adhere to prescribed asthma and allergy medication, including inhalers and antihistamines, as directed by your healthcare provider. 
 
Allergen Avoidance: Avoid allergens by keeping windows closed, using air purifiers, and regularly cleaning your living spaces.  
 
Create an Asthma Action Plan: Work with your healthcare provider to create a plan outlining steps to manage asthma attacks or flare-ups.  
 
Stay Hydrated & Exercise: Drink plenty of water to help thin mucus and moisten airways. Engage in physical activity to strengthen your lungs and improve overall respiratory function.  
 
Seeks Professional Help: Consult an ENT specialist or allergist for comprehensive allergy testing and personalized treatment options.  
 
 
At Austin ENT & Allergy, we understand the impact of allergies and asthma on daily life. Our dedicated team of ENT specialists offers allergy testing and personalized treatment plans that work for you. Schedule an appointmentonline with us at entatx.com or call us at (512) 277-7500. 

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