Managing symptoms and sticking to doctor's care plan will help
NORFOLK, VA (April 1, 2011) – Spring is here and with it comes spring allergy and asthma season.
There’s a reason it seems like allergies and asthma are worse in Hampton Roads than other parts of the country. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks Virginia Beach eighth in the Top 10 Asthma Capitals for 2011.
Since allergies and asthma often occur together, this can be a challenging time of year for asthma patients. The same substances that trigger allergy symptoms may also cause asthma signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness.
“If you have bad allergies, you’ll have worse allergies in this area. And if you have a predisposition to developing asthma, you’ll have worse asthma symptoms here,” says Dr. Raja Bakhski, a Sentara Family Medicine physician.
Many Sentara Medical Group Family Medicine physicians, including Dr. Bakhski, participate in the IMPACT (Improving the Asthma Care and Treatment) project. It’s a quality improvement initiative of the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation that helps physicians and their care teams provide excellent asthma care.
Many asthma patients underestimate the severity of their disease because they can go through periods when they experience few symptoms. Patients who do not receive regular follow-up care are more likely to experience more severe symptoms, such as a life-threatening asthma attack.
Tips to control your allergy and asthma symptoms this spring:
Know what triggers your allergy and asthma symptoms and learn how to limit your exposure to the triggers.
Work with your allergy specialist to manage your symptoms and check in with your doctor often.
Ask your doctor to show you how to use your asthma medication delivery device, such as an inhaler or nebulizer.
Learn the signs that your asthma may be flaring up and know what to do immediately when it does.
Watch an interview with Dr. Bakhski to learn more about managing allergy and asthma symptoms.
Request an appointment with a Sentara Medical Group doctor to talk about a plan to manage your allergies and asthma.
IMPACT (Improving the Asthma Care and Treatment) Project
Sentara ENT and Allergy Specialists
Sentara Home Care Asthma Program
Top 10 Asthma Capitals for 2011
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