How Viral Infections Play a Role in Asthma Development

Asthma DevelopmentIn the United States, approximately 8% of adults and 7% of children have asthma. It’s a prevalent condition with no cure, although there are many effective treatments available to manage the symptoms. There are several factors that may play a role in asthma development, one of which being viral infections.

There is more research yet to be done about the connection between viral infections and the risk of developing asthma. However, with current findings, it’s clear that there is a link between some viruses and asthma development, mainly in children.  Continue reading “How Viral Infections Play a Role in Asthma Development”

Sinusitis and Asthma: What’s The Connection?

Sinusitis and AsthmaSinusitis and asthma are both common conditions that impact the airways. For people with asthma, a normal case of sinusitis can increase the risk of asthma attacks. Let’s learn more about the connection between sinusitis and asthma, as well as how asthma sufferers can manage their symptoms with sinusitis. 

Understanding Sinusitis

Sinusitis occurs when the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed. Symptoms of sinusitis include nasal congestion, a runny nose, facial pain or pressure, and headaches. Sinusitis can even lead to pain in the teeth and bad breath.  Continue reading “Sinusitis and Asthma: What’s The Connection?”

Can Allergies Trigger Asthma?

Allergies and asthma are closely related conditions. An allergic reaction can trigger an asthma attack for people with asthma, causing allergy-induced asthma or allergic asthma. This makes it crucial for people with asthma to be aware of allergens and how they can spur asthma attacks.

Here, we’ll discuss the link between allergies and asthma and offer tips for managing both conditions.  

Why Can An Allergic Reaction Cause an Asthma Attack?allergies trigger florida

Allergic reactions occur when the antibodies of your immune system wrongly identify a non-dangerous substance as a threat. As a result, the antibodies adhere to the allergen to protect your body, and the immune system releases certain chemicals. These chemicals can cause allergy symptoms, including runny nose, nasal congestion, and watery eyes. Some individuals also experience symptoms of the airways and lungs, which can trigger an asthma attack.  Continue reading “Can Allergies Trigger Asthma?”

Summer Allergies in Florida

Summer is fast approaching, and that means summer allergies are on the way for many Floridians. Here in the Sunshine State, allergies can derail summer plans for many people, making it difficult to fully enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in the year.

By understanding the most common sources of summer allergies, you can more effectively get the allergy care that you need. Dr. Kratz at Kratz Allergy & Asthma can perform allergy testing, and personalized treatment plans to help you achieve relief from your allergies.

The main allergy triggers in Florida during the summer include:

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergies

Many people still have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Especially for people with allergies, the choice of whether or not to get the vaccine can be a complex one. However, the CDC has provided thorough information about the COVID-19 vaccine and allergies so that you can make the right choice for your health. 

Severe vs. Immediate Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions are considered severe if the person needs epinephrine (EpiPen) treatment or hospitalization. This is called anaphylaxis. An allergic reaction is considered immediate if it occurs within 4 hours of receiving the vaccination. Immediate allergic reactions may involve swelling, hives, and wheezing, among other symptoms. 

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When Should You See an Allergist?

If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms, an allergist can identify the allergy trigger that’s affecting you and create an individualized treatment plan, but at what point do you need to see an allergist instead of opting for over-the-counter remedies?

Mild allergies such as hay fever can often be effectively treated with non-prescription medication, leading people to wonder if they need care from a professional allergist. Here, we’ll discuss the instances in which you should see an allergist to get relief from your symptoms. 

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How To Minimize Common Indoor Allergies

Many people associate allergies with pollen and the outdoors. However, there are many indoor allergens that you need to look out for, too. The interior of your home should be a respite from exterior stressors, so minimizing indoor allergens is well worth the effort. 

Here, we’ll discuss the most common indoor allergy triggers and what you can do to minimize them. 

The Most Common Indoor Allergens

The main indoor allergens that may be found in Florida homes include:

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What You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergies

The COVID-19 vaccine has brought about many questions, especially among people with allergies. Given that the vaccine has caused some rare, severe allergic reactions, people with allergies need to be informed about the risks involved in getting vaccinated. 

Allergies to Ingredients in the COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has advised people who have had a severe allergic reaction or immediate (non-severe) allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to any of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.

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Improve Air Quality Now in Preparation for a Long Winter with Indoor Allergies

Winter may seem to be a long way away. But with a busy year ahead, it can sneak up on you. For many, the winter season brings about the year’s worst allergy symptoms, caused by indoor allergens. 

If you experience indoor allergies, there are steps that you can take now to reduce your allergy symptoms this winter. You’ll thank yourself later for improving your home’s air quality, as it will make a big difference in your winter indoor allergies. 

Indoor Allergens

As temperatures drop in the winter, people typically spend significantly more time indoors than during the rest of the year. This increases their exposure to indoor allergens. 

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