Allergies & Asthma

Allergies & Asthma
Because allergies are often intertwined with asthma, it’s important to have a knowledgeable medical team that can diagnose and treat both issues. Make an appointment with one of our caring team members at Jordan Meadows in West Jordan, Utah, or at Hunter Medical Center in West Valley, Utah. Our expert knowledge and modern treatment methods will help you breathe freely and confidently.

Allergies & Asthma Q & A

Do certain things in my environment trigger asthma?

Yes. It’s likely that an asthma attack stems from some of the following:

  • Allergens, including dander, pollen, and dust mites
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Environmental irritants, such as smoke, pollution, and fumes
  • A sudden change in weather
  • Exercise or stress

How is asthma diagnosed?

During an examination, one of our providers will go over all of your symptoms, plus any family history that may increase your risk of developing asthma. It’s important to let our providers know what triggers your symptoms. Are your symptoms worse at night, or at certain times of the year? After our provider listens to your breathing, with a stethoscope, you’ll probably have to undergo some tests.

The first step is the lung function test. During this test, our provider will measure the amount of air you breathe in and out. Depending on the results, you might be given medicine and then asked to repeat the test. If your symptoms improve with the medication and if you have a history of asthmatic symptoms, it’s likely that you have asthma. Our provider will determine if you need further asthma testing.

What about diagnosing allergies? Do I need a skin test?

If our provider suspects that you have allergies, he or she may administer a skin test. Skin tests are an effective way to test for multiple allergens in a short amount of time, rather than waiting for blood results. Our providers use a modern needle-free method to conduct the test.

This test uses a plastic device that comes into contact with the outer layer of your skin, allowing our practitioner to apply minuscule amounts of the allergen. If you have a flare-up, resulting in an itchy red patch, you’re probably allergic to that substance. You can get tested for up to 72 allergens, including ones that are specific to your region.

How do I manage my symptoms?

Once our provider gets to the root of your allergy or asthma problems, he or she can more easily figure out how to help you manage, or even CURE, your symptoms. Ideally, you’d just avoid any allergen that triggers issues. But that isn’t always feasible. Some of the treatment options include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Inhalers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Allergy shots
  • Drops under the tongue
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