Hi, I am sorry, but we cannot talk about specific doctors on the site. Below is a link where you can find a specialist close to you using several search methods. I would recommend you select one with a fellowship in the organization. http://aaaai.execinc.com/edibo/FindAnAllergist
You can also use www.healthgrades.com to research how patients feel about the doctor.
Hi, Weather has been a bear this year. I have not had lasting issues, but the days the weather is changing, I feel it.
Don't forget cedar pollen is rising and falling with the changing weather and wind direction. You may want to increase life style allergen control like sinus rinses and being sure to shower before going to bed.
Hi, There are two choices other than Advair. Dulera and Simbicort. Dulera has a "loyalty" program that greatly reduces costs for the first 6 months you use it, then watch out. It gets pricey. I am stuck with it since I do not metabolize Simbicort effectively and nose dive on it. I won't pay fro Advair, and I recently heard that some insurance companies are not paying for it either.
Hi dilann, I have cramps as well. Asthma meds do tend to deplete magnesium, potassium and Calcium. Low levels of either of them can cause cramps. I do get relief when I supplement all three, but potassium seems to be the most important for me. SonyaView Thread
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What is your doctor telling you about Xolair and IgE? I have been on it for 4 years. My understanding is that Xolair binds with IgE to keep it from triggering further allergic response and does not affect the the IgE level itself.
Why was your level retested? My research indicated that retesting is usually not necessary.
What else you are doing to control you allergies and asthma?
Allergy shots (actually your personal serum) can be very expensive, even with insurance if you have not met your deductible, but it is my opinion that they are very worth it. At some point they will start saving money on other things.
I have been allergic to dogs my entire life (diagnosed before I can remember): but with allergy shots, I am no longer allergic to them. I used to keep tissues in every room of the house, now my teenagers ask, "Where are the tissues?" I have found them to be very effective in improving my overall health and quality of life.
Every person is different, so be patient. It can take a while to see improvement of symptoms, especially with mold allergies. While I did start seeing improvement in symptoms soon after starting therapy, it took four years to realize that I no longer kept the house stocked with tissues.
Singulair can be helpful with allergies, but is really better for allergic asthma. People are different, but I see it more as a supplement to immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy retrains your immune system to stop identifying common substances as allergens. It treats the root cause as opposed to masking the symptoms. Also, Singulair does has some side effects that you may want to look into and discuss with your doctor before starting it.
Believe me, we all deal with a degree of fear. What can be worse than not being able to breathe? I am dealing with a certain situation right now that instills FEAR. Hopefully you will have the supportive, patient friends I have.
Asthma triggers are personal. No two asthmatics have exactly the same triggers. Learning common triggers is a good place to start. http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-triggers I am not sure if these articles mention a few common triggers to watch for - fragrances and chemicals, smoke, weather changes, change in altitude...
If you develop respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, even an ear infection (learned that one the hard way)), start treating asthma immediately, even if you do not think you are having asthma issues. Respiratory symptoms can quickly trigger serious asthma problems.
Once you are familiar with your triggers, you can discuss pre-treating for exposures with your doctor.
I think you need to take the doctor seriously. He may be just trying to get your attention to a small degree, but you are in serious trouble, especially if you do not start taking care of yourself. Asthma is very serious.
I had a friend die less than two years ago from an asthma attack. He was out alone hiking in the mountains of Tennessee.
One thing I dealt with when my asthma worsened in 2008 is that I did not realize how bad I felt all the time. I couldn't judge the severity of my disease by how I felt. A doctor listens to your lungs and orders tests which tells them how serious your illness is. I can't tell you how many times my allergist told me my lungs sounded "crappy" and I didn't feel "that bad". I was used to it and had learned to cope.
One thing you should know is that the the Hollywood portrayal of an asthma attack is a late stage, very serious situation. I hope you are not waiting for one of those to start taking your situation seriously.
Another thing is what would happen if you got a respiratory illness? Asthmatics can go down VERY quickly when we get one. We must be very careful. If you have excess inflammation from allergies, an illness could be more than you can handle.
If you want a second opinion, I would recommend you see an allergist. An allergist can treat both the asthma and the allergies. I personally think all asthmatics should see allergist. Very few asthmatics do not have some allergies contributing to their disease. An allergist will help you gain control of your allergies, and that may not require getting rid of you animals.
In summary I think your situation is more serious than you want to admit, probably a little less dire than the pulmo says, and an allergist would offer more options than the pulmo can offer.