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Managing and Treating Asthma

May 5, 2021 | Paragon Healthcare
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month – a time dedicated to shining light on a condition that affects 1 in 13 Americans. Read the full article to learn about managing and treating asthma.
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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month – a time dedicated to shining light on a condition that affects 1 in 13 Americans. Patients can have certain genetic predispositions contributing to the development of certain types of asthma, but it can impact patients of any age, race, or background.  It is estimated that over 25 million people have asthma, with 60% of them having the most common type, allergic asthma. There is currently no cure for asthma or allergies, but both can be properly managed and allow patients to lead full lives. 

 

At Paragon, we work with a variety of medical specialists nationwide to treat specific types of asthma, like eosinophilic and allergic asthma (IgE mediated), that require specialty injectable drug therapies. Eosinophilic asthma is caused by inflammation of the respiratory system due to an elevated number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell that in normal amounts is beneficial and necessary to help the body fight infections. Allergic asthma (IgE) is often caused by the body’s response to environmental triggers or allergens.

What Can Cause or Trigger Asthma?

 

Since each person is different and there are varying types of asthma and severity levels, the “triggers” will also vary from person to person. A trigger is a type of allergen or activity that can agitate a person with asthma making it difficult for them to breathe. Common triggers include:

 

  • Dust mites
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Pet dander
  • Pests (i.e., insects, mice, etc.)
  • Mold or mildew
  • Cleaners or disinfectants
  • Infections (i.e., flu, colds, etc.)
  • Exercise or physical activity
  • Bad weather and humidity
  • Perfumes and fragrances
  • And more

 

 

Tips for Managing Your Condition:

 

  • Adhere to the treatment plan as outlined by your physician.
  • Be consistent with your therapy.
  • Avoid known triggers to prevent an asthma attack.
  • Be open with your doctor about what you’re experiencing.

 

 

Therapies We Offer to Treat Allergy and Immunology Conditions:

 

  • Cinqair (reslizumab) – used to treat adult patients with severe eosinophilic asthma.
  • Fasenra (benralizumab) – used to treat patients 12 years and older with severe eosinophilic asthma.
  • Nucala (mepolizumab) – used to treat patients 12 years and older with severe eosinophilic asthma.
  • Xolair (omalizumab) – used to treat patients 6 years and older with severe allergic asthma.

 

Our patients have the option to receive certain treatments in one of our infusion centers or in the home setting. This gives our patients flexibility and a voice in their care plan. When we receive a medication and supply order, we move swiftly to ensure the patient receives everything they need in a timely manner and return to their normal routine as soon as possible.

 

Learn more about our home infusion services and infusion centers by visiting our website at https://paragonhealthcare.com/.

 

Learn more about asthma with this helpful, patient guide.

 

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