Respiratory disorders on account of allergies, especially asthma, are on the rise. While these disorders can be inherited, factors such as air pollution and urbanisation also play a significant role in causing them. It is estimated that 20%-30% of Indians suffer from allergic diseases such as rhinitis, urticaria, asthma, anaphylaxis, angioedema, eczema, drug, food and insect allergy. At Apollo Clinic's Specialty Clinic for Asthma and Allergies, our team of highly experienced and expert doctors and allergists are committed to ensuring that your allergies are diagnosed and treated at the earliest so that they do not manifest into complex conditions.
What is Allergic Asthma?
A person may be sensitive to certain substances. When these substances enter the respiratory system and react with your immunity system, it triggers Allergic asthma.
What is the first step?
Allergic asthma may be triggered by allergens or irritants. The very first step in asthma treatment is to identify which allergen or irritant is affecting you. The identification process can be quite tricky as there are many substances which could be classified as allergens and irritants. Some of the most common allergens causing asthma are dust mite faeces, animal dander and saliva, mould spores and fragments, cockroach faeces and pollen. Common irritants that cause allergic asthma are smoke from tobacco, fire, candles, incense or fireworks; cold air; strong chemical odours or fumes; air pollutants; perfumes, air fresheners or other scented products and dust.
Symptoms to watch out for are: wheezing, heavy breathing, repetitive coughing, breathlessness and chest congestion.
How can we help you?
At our Specialty Clinic for Asthma treatment, the diagnosis of Allergic asthma begins with a detailed discussion on where you live and work, any past or present illnesses, lifestyle, diet and eating habits, any medication you take. Based on this information, our expert allergists come up with a likely list of allergens and irritants.
Some tests may also be conducted as part of the diagnosis. A common test is the skin prick test wherein an allergen is pricked into your skin, and after some time the doctor examines if there is any allergic reaction. Some other tests which may be used in the diagnosis of Allergic asthma are lung function, spirometry and peak flow.
Our doctors prescribe treatment depending upon the severity of symptoms and diagnosis. Anti-inflammatory or oral medicines may be given to ease allergic reactions. You may also be asked to use an inhaler daily to prevent asthmatic symptoms. If the symptoms are too severe, an allergy shot or antihistamines may be given. For long-term allergy treatment, your doctor may advise allergen immunotherapy. Allergy shots are given to reduce the sensitivity to allergens. This therapy is quite effective in providing relief from allergy symptoms long after treatment is stopped.
At Apollo Clinic’s Specialty Clinic for Asthma and Allergies, we offer a complete range of consulting services for people suffering from allergies and asthma, including young children. We specialise in skin prick or scratch tests, patch tests, intradermal skin tests and others. Our expert team of allergists and doctors and advanced technology help deliver best-in-class care to curb Allergic asthma across all age groups of patients, from young children to seniors.