Allergy & Asthma Center, P.C., is an allergy practice based in Eugene, Corvallis, and Roseburg, Oregon.
Our practice includes allergists:
Appointments are available in the following locations in Oregon:
An allergist is a physician trained to diagnose, treat, and manage asthma and allergies, whether they are related to or caused by foods, environmental factors (such as pollen), drugs, or topical substances. Conditions that an allergist commonly treats include the following:
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If you have asthma, you can minimize your symptoms and improve your quality of life by avoiding your asthma triggers and working with your allergist/immunologist, often referred to as an allergist, to develop a treatment plan.
People with asthma have recurrent episodes of airflow limitation, often from inflamed airways that become narrowed, making it more difficult to move air in and out of their lungs. This can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
It is important to understand what triggers your symptoms and what makes them go away. Common asthma triggers include:
Asthma has different causes in different people; therefore, individualized therapy is wise. Personalized plans for treatment may include:
You and your allergist can work together to ensure that your asthma is well managed, so that you can participate in your normal activities.
Since asthma is a chronic disease, it requires ongoing management. This includes using proper medication to prevent and control your asthma symptoms and to reduce airway inflammation. There are two general classes of asthma medications, quick-relief and long-term controller medications. Your allergist may recommend one or a combination of two or more of these medications.
Quick-relief medications are used to provide temporary relief of symptoms. They include bronchodilators and oral corticosteroids.
Bronchodilators, generally called “rescue medications,” open up the airways so that more air can flow through. Bronchodilators include beta-agonists and anticholinergics and come in inhaled, tablet, liquid, or injectable forms.
There are some corticosteroids designed for short-term use that are swallowed or given by injection and work a bit more slowly to help treatment particularly bad inflammation in your airways.
Long-term controller medications are important for many people with asthma and are taken on a regular basis (often daily) to control airway inflammation and treat symptoms in people who have frequent asthma symptoms.
Inhaled corticosteroids (there are many different ones), cromolyn or nedocromil, and leukotriene modifiers can help control the inflammation that occurs in the airways of most people who have asthma. One medication may work better for you than another. Your allergist can help guide you
Inhaled long-acting beta 2-agonists are symptom controllers that open your airways and may have other beneficial effects, but in certain people they may have some risks. Current recommendations are for them to be used only along with inhaled corticosteroids.
Leukotriene modifiers are typically used to open airways. Methylxanthines provide modest opening of the airways and may have a mild anti-inflammatory effect. Theophylline is the most frequently used methylxanthine.
Omalizumab is an injectable antibody that helps block allergic inflammation. It is used in patients with persistent allergic asthma.
Your asthma medications may need to be adjusted as you and your asthma change, so stay in close touch with your allergist. The better informed you are about your asthma triggers and management, the better your asthma symptoms will be. Together, you and your allergist can work to ensure that asthma interferes with your daily life as little as possible.