As many as 25 million people in the United States suffer from persistent allergies, with many also experiencing asthma attacks as a symptom. As an experienced allergist, Patrick M. Reidy, MD, offers diagnostic and treatment services for allergy and asthma symptoms at his office in Naples and Estero, Florida. Dr. Reidy customizes treatment plans to address your individual needs and focuses on reducing the severity of your condition while improving your overall quality of life. If you need a one-stop-shop solution for persistent allergy or asthma symptoms, call the office of Patrick M. Reidy, MD, or request an appointment online.
Allergies are an overreaction in your immune system to substances usually considered harmless to others.
When you come into contact with an allergen, your immune system produces antibodies in its defense that leads to a variety of symptoms. In some, an allergic reaction can be mild, while others experience a more serious reaction, such as an asthma attack.
There are also people who suffer a life-threatening reaction to allergies known as anaphylaxis. This causes sudden inflammation in your throat that makes it difficult to take air into your lungs, and without immediate treatment, this acute reaction can become fatal.
Asthma describes a chronic disease that causes inflammation in your airways that makes it difficult to catch your breath.
Your body also produces excess mucus that further complicates breathing. When you come into contact with an allergen or environmental irritant, or engage in strenuous activity, you may trigger an asthma attack.
An asthma attack can cause several symptoms, including:
In a mild attack, your symptoms may resolve within a few minutes, while more serious conditions can last for several hours and require emergency medical treatment.
Diagnosing allergies typically involves an allergy test where Dr. Reidy pricks your skin with suspected allergens to evaluate your body’s reaction. If a red bump appears after exposure, it can signal you have an allergen.
For asthma, Dr. Reidy offers several on-office tests to assess your lung function. You breathe into a machine that measures how much and how fast you can move air out of your lungs.
If you have allergy-triggered asthma, you may need both tests to help Dr. Reidy determine the right treatment plan for you.
Treating both allergies and asthma requires lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for developing symptoms. Dr. Reidy can recommend strategies for avoiding activities or substances that trigger allergies and/or asthma. You may also need to make changes to your diet if you have allergies to certain foods.
To reduce the severity of your allergies, Dr. Reidy may recommend over-the-counter medications. He also offers immunotherapy, a treatment that involves receiving multiple injections of small amounts of allergens over several years to reduce your immune system’s sensitivity.
Other treatments can include:
If you ever experienced anaphylaxis, Dr. Reidy works with you to create an emergency care plan to prevent complications.
Typically, you will need to carry an epinephrine pen that quickly reverses airway inflammation so that you can breathe. You also need to seek treatment at the nearest hospital or call 911 if you have difficulty breathing.
For asthma, Dr. Reidy can recommend fast-acting medications that quickly reduce inflammation in your airways. Long-acting medications can also reduce your risk of experiencing an asthma attack.
If you need help managing allergies or asthma, schedule a consultation at the office of Patrick M. Reidy, MD, by phone or by using the online booking system.