April 7 Update:
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order for Minnehaha and Lincoln county residents who are over 65 and anyone who has a serious underlying medical condition to stay home until April 27th.
This executive order includes several conditions such as chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma and a serious heart condition.
Please know that the providers at Dakota Allergy & Asthma are here to make sure you are staying on top of your asthma.
If your are having asthma problems we can do a (Zoom) telehealth visit, and for most patients we will be able to get you back on track.
The worst thing for an asthmatic during this time with coronavirus risk is to not be fully controlled with your asthma. All the asthma prevention medications and interventions are safe and must be continued.
If your asthma is flaring up, contact your allergist.
March 26 Update:
Dakota Allergy & Asthma is happy to see patients who refer themselves to our practice to be evaluated for a potential allergy.
A penicillin allergic reaction can be very scary for anyone. The results of a reaction can even be deadly.
Oh no—that 4-letter word: shot.
I get asked all the time, “why allergy shots?” when discussing treatment options for patients who struggle with allergies and asthma. That question is usually followed with, “I would rather just take a pill,” or, “don’t allergies just go away?”
December is here with all of its beautiful decorations, holiday get-togethers with friends, and that seemingly annual plugged nose, cough, and yuck!
You might be asking yourself, “why am I having to put up with these allergies instead of enjoying the season?”
A lot of people struggle with allergies, especially during the spring and fall when there are more allergens in the air. The most common thing for people with allergies to do when they’re hit with a serious case of sniffles and itchy, watery eyes is to pick out some allergy medication at their local pharmacy. While allergy pills can help offer some relief, their abilities are limited, and the long-lasting relief that people with allergies are looking for might still be out of reach.
The simple answer is—Yes. A normal pulmonary function test is actually our goal for every asthmatic!
So, let’s explain:
Topics: Managing Asthma
The most important asthma controller is inhaled corticosteroids, which work over time to reduce asthma attacks.