One of the most common mistakes that we make in our lives is to ignore an allergic reaction. You may think that ignoring a reaction might ease it on its own, but it rarely happens. To avoid a severe condition, it is absolutely important to find out the cause of a reaction, as soon as you experience it.
In case you, or a loved one you know suffers from asthma, and strong smells seem to aggravate it, then it could very well be a perfume induced asthma attack.
Perfumes and scents aren’t actually allergens, they are irritants. But, that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t trigger allergic reactions. They could, and asthma is one of these reactions.
Here’s what you need to know about perfume as an asthma trigger.
It is not uncommon
Strong perfumes are a common trigger for asthma attacks. In fact, there are many asthma patients who couldn’t stand the smell of perfumes. For some asthma sufferers, perfume is the sole reason of high-intensity attacks. Other than asthma, scents could also be the cause of nasal congestion, skin problems, and migraines.
Avoidance is ‘not’ bliss
Prevention is better than a cure, and we couldn’t agree more. One of the best ways to prevent perfume-induced asthma attacks is to avoid the triggering element at all costs. However, there are times when you can’t really avoid interacting with people who wear perfumes.
Three solutions to opt for when perfume starts to attack:
- Find an allergist who can help you avoid asthma attacks triggered by fragrance sensitivity
- Take your medicine as soon as you feel an attack is approaching
- Limit your exposure to places where strong perfumes and related irritants could be present, such as shopping centers, laundromats, etc.
Call our allergy and asthma center, Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates P.C. at 602-242-4592 today and schedule an appointment for your asthma. Live your life allergy and asthma free!
Associates of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. While that number is jarring, additional statistics show that approximately one out of six Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis. The following information will describe what allergic rhinitis is, what triggers it and why consulting an allergist as opposed to your primary care physician is the best course of action to take if you believe that you may be living with allergies.
What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergy means “strange activity” in Greek. Rhinitis, also Greek in origin, literally means “condition of the nose.” Therefore, allergic rhinitis, which is also referred to as hay fever, can be defined as a condition in which irritants cause “inflammation of the nose or its mucous membrane.”
What causes allergies?
Pollen is a powdery fertilizing agent that flowering plants release in order to fertilize other plants. It helps create beautiful gardens, but pollen also makes it difficult for people with seasonal allergies to enjoy them.
Pollen, which is transported through the air, attaches itself to a person’s hair, skin and clothing. When people who are sensitive to pollen breathe in pollen-laden air, typical symptoms include “sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat and eyes and wheezing.”
Pollen and debris from an animal’s coat or feathers are two of the most common irritants that trigger allergic rhinitis symptoms. However, it is worth mentioning that pollen is not just limited to flowers. For example, certain trees, grasses, and desert plants like cacti are also pollen-heavy. Additionally, dust and chemicals from pipe, cigar and cigarette smoke are other windborne irritants, and all the above can be particularly tough on people living with allergies. This is just one reason why attempting to self-medicate with over the counter medicine is not advised.
Why do you need to see an allergist instead of your primary care physician?
Unlike general physicians, allergists are physicians who have completed additional training programs that allow them to effectively diagnose and treat asthma and allergic diseases. The following list describes some of the health issues that an allergist-immunologist treats:
. hay fever
. hives (ACAAI)
What should you expect when you visit an allergist?
An allergist-immunologist will conduct a thorough medical history and physical exam. Skin and blood tests may also be incorporated in order to determine exactly what substances are causing allergic reactions. This is typically done in an in-house testing lab. The new client visit could take up to two hours. Once the irritants have been identified, allergists will create a treatment plan that may include dietary recommendations, inoculations and other medication specifically designed for their clients’ needs.
Is there a cure for allergies?
Unfortunately, no. However, immunotherapy and specialty medicines as well as education, can greatly reduce the symptoms that people living with allergies would normally experience by attempting to self-medicate, which can be dangerous. By consulting a top Phoenix allergist, these individuals can avoid wasting time, money and possibly putting their health at risk and focus on enjoying life.
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. (n.d.). Retrieved from acaai.org/
Allergy | Define Allergy at Dictionary.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from dictionary.com/browse/allergy
Rhinitis | Define Rhinitis at Dictionary.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from dictionary.com/browse/rhinitis
American Board of Allergy and Immunology:. (n.d.). Retrieved from abai.org
Allergy Facts | AAFA.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from aafa.org/page/allergy-facts.aspx
Why Choose a Board Certified Allergy Doctor?
Quality care begins with professionally trained doctors who specialize in treating allergy, asthma, and immunology. We are fortunate enough to have two allergy doctors who meet those qualifications. Both Dr. Fadia Habib-Khazen and Dr. Housam Alasaly are medical doctors, certified in allergy and immunology, that specialize in children, families and adults.
An Allergy Doctor Versus A General Practitioner:
The benefit of seeing an allergy doctor is that they have a specialist’s focus on allergy symptoms, triggers, and treatments. A general practitioner only has a broad overview of many health conditions, but an allergy doctor has unique exposure to and thousands of individual experiences with allergies. By having a narrower focus, a specialist is able to give you better insight into the causes and remedies for your unique condition.
About Our Arizona Allergy/Asthma Clinics:
Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C. is an allergy treatment practice committed to providing the latest and most comprehensive treatments for both adult and pediatric patients. Our team of Arizona of allergy doctors is eager to work closely with each of our patients to provide the most effective diagnostic methods and treatment.. With expertise gleaned from 20 years of medical service, we are fully capable of treating various kinds of allergies in children and adults alike. We provide quality care for any age, and we provide management of allergic reactions and asthma so that you can have fun even during allergy season. Come and visit our clinics if you are experiencing asthma, immunity problems, chronic sinus infection, skin infection, allergic eye diseases, or allergic rhinitis. Aside from our main clinic in Phoenix, we have satellite offices in Glendale, Avondale, Anthem, and Scottsdale.
Choose Your Allergy/Asthma Doctors Wisely:
Your relationship with your Phoenix allergy doctor should be a relationship you can trust. You want to know for certain that you or your child will receive the best care available for asthma and allergy symptoms in Arizona. In the realm of allergy and asthma, where difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis are always a possibility, you’re putting your life in your doctor’s hands.
Trust in a Phoenix allergy doctor who has been specially trained and certified to handle immunologic disorder so you can be free from allergies and asthma challenges!
Please call today at 602-242-4592!
Immunology is a very broad branch of biological science. It is commonly defined as the study of the immune system. In medicine, an immunologist is a specialist who uses his knowledge to evaluate, diagnose and manage patients with immunological disorders like asthma, sinus allergies, sinusitis, and more. In Phoenix, immunologists who treat allergies are commonly referred to as allergy doctors.
The Role of the Allergy/Immunologist:
Unlike other types of diseases, allergic disease isn’t a condition that can “go away” easily. Some people dismiss allergies and regard them as a mere nuisance. Patients who suffer from allergies know that this condition can be debilitating and keep them from their daily routines.
An effective Phoenix immunologist diagnoses the condition and provides a management plan to help the patient manage his allergy or asthma better, reducing the number of times the patient misses school or work because he/she has to stay at home to rest. The immunologist uses different allergy tests to determine what a patient is allergic to and what triggers allergic reactions. These tests include allergy skin testing, pulmonary function testing, penicillin testing, food testing, chemical and food patch testing, and venom and stinging insect testing.
An allergy immunologist such as Dr. Habib-Khazen and Dr Alasaly had to go through years of education and training in order to learn how to treat and manage allergies and asthma.
Our doctors must complete a medical degree, and then, train as a physician in either pediatrics or internal medicine. Once training has been completed, the physician must pass either the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics. To become an immunologist, a physician must undergo an additional two years of study (fellowship) focusing on immunology, and pass the American Board of Allergy and Immunology’s certifying exam.
An allergist/immunologist’s education and training doesn’t stop there. Because immunology is applied to several other scientific disciplines, new discoveries in the field are continually being made. To remain a certified immunologist in Phoenix, continued medical education is necessary in order to keep up with the latest news and remain competent in the field.
Consult our Allergy Asthma Clinics which are renowned for the quality of care:
At Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C., patients can expect treatment from an experienced physician who is also a certified immunologist in Phoenix. Our team will come up with a plan to manage each patient’s condition after careful evaluation and testing.
When in need of comprehensive treatment options, you can rely on our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and staff to work with you in helping you better manage your asthma or allergy concerns. By working with our certified and experienced team at our Phoenix clinic or another location, you will find out exactly the cause of your condition, what triggers your asthma or allergic reaction, and how you can effectively manage it.
How do you know whether to go to an allergy specialist or your primary care doctor?
Wondering why repeated visits to your Primary Care Physician for allergies and asthma aren’t giving you the relief you hoped for? Asthma and allergies often occur together, resulting in a variety of symptoms ranging from itchy eyes and runny nose to skin reactions, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness (asthma). This type of allergy-induced asthma can be challenging to manage. If you aren’t finding relief from symptoms with the help of your PCP, a visit to our great allergy and asthma clinic may be just what the doctor ordered (or just what the doctor should order…).
PCPs are a great jumping off point, but an allergy and asthma clinic can help you land safely…
PCPs are trained to help with an array of daily health problems, without specialization in any particular illness, body system, or organ. They are often the first line of care for health issues interrupting your life. Although a great place to start on your healthcare journey, a certified specialist can offer a wider variety of prevention and treatment options for improving your quality of life.
What makes our allergy and asthma clinic so special?
In a word, specialists! The specialists at your local Adult and Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C. have specialized education and training which allows them to offer further insight into your treatment condition, as well as better management options for keeping your symptoms under control. This includes at least nine years of training and a two year fellowship specifically focused on allergic or lung diseases, as well as training in diagnostics and equipment specifically designed to detect and monitor allergies an asthma, essential tools in addressing these chronic healthcare issues.
When its time to call us…
- You are having difficulty with the daily management of allergy and asthma symptoms.
- You suffer chronic congestion and sinus infections or frequent asthma attacks.
- You frequently struggle to catch your breath or feel chest tightness.
- You often wheeze and cough – especially at night or after exercise.
- You find yourself frequently missing work (and life) as a result of allergy and asthma symptoms.
- You suffer hay fever/allergies several months out of the year.
- OTC medicines are creating unwanted side effects.
- Your difficulty controlling symptoms has resulted in urgent care hospitalization.
- You have other health conditions in addition to asthma.
- You feel like your asthma and allergies are taking over your life.
How we can help you?
- By identifying and helping you avoid allergens such as pollen, dust mites, dander, food and other unique allergy and asthma triggers with the help of allergy tests.
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots).
- Medications specially designed to treat both allergies and asthma.
- Anti-immunoglobulin E (IgE) therapy.
- And more.
Kick allergies to the curb with our help. Contact our office today for an appointment- we have allergy clinics Valley-wide to serve you!