Wednesday , 25 April 2018

What’s Got You Wheezing?

By Baylor Medical Center at McKinney

Find relief from allergy-induced asthma

When you think of asthma, do you picture a nerdy kid taking a break from gym class to use his inhaler? That’s how the movies portray it. But in reality, asthma affects the young and old, and it strikes indoors and out. And many times, asthma is triggered by allergens—not always exercise or activity.

In fact, allergies are one of the strongest triggers of wheezing, says Jeff George, a family practice physician on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney. “Allergic reactions are actually overreactions by the body to a foreign substance, like pollen, pet dander or dust mites,” he says. “It’s that overreaction that can lead to inflammation of the airways, causing airway spasms and wheezing.”

When to See Doctor
Asthma, whether triggered by allergies, exercise, cold weather or something else, should be diagnosed by a physician.

“If you have wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, see a doctor,” Dr. George advises. “And if it’s allergy-induced, find out what it is you’re allergic to.”

Choosing a Treatment
The best way to treat allergy-induced asthma is to avoid the trigger. “With most patients, when they remove the allergens, they get better,” Dr. George says. So be on the lookout for your triggers.

If every time you vacuum or sweep you start wheezing, that’s a pretty good indicator that’s a trigger
of yours, Dr. George says. “Have someone else do that chore.” But avoidance isn’t your only option. “The primary treatment of asthma is medication,” Dr. George says. “Quick-relief medicines open up airways. But more importantly are the controller therapies, which reduce inflammation and prevent the airway spasms from happening in the first place.”

Common Asthma Triggers
Tobacco smoke
Dust mites
Air pollution
Cockroach droppings
Pet dander
Viral infections
Acid reflux

Let Us Help You Breathe Easier
For a referral to a physician who can help you control your asthma or allergies, visit or call 1.800.4BAYLOR today.

About Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Located at the northwest corner of Highway 380 and Lake Forest Drive, Baylor McKinney features a 95-bed, full-service hospital and surrounding medical office campus. Hospital services include heart and vascular, cancer, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, level III NICU with private suites, digestive diseases, orthopedics, general surgery, neurology, internal medicine, emergency care, and outpatient services. For information visit 

About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service. Baylor recorded more than 2.8 million patient encounters, $4.1 billion in total operating revenue, $5.3 billion in total assets and $502 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2011 (as reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services).  Baylor’s network of more than 300 access points includes 30 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 190 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics.



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