Elite Premier Medical Care
Fred Revoredo, MD
Family Practice located in Paterson, NJ & Passaic, NJ
Millions of Americans of all ages live with asthma and allergies. However, with careful and customized management, you can lead a healthy, active life. At Elite Premier Medical Care in Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey, Fred Revoredo, MD, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for asthma and allergies. Whether you or a member of your family have asthma or allergies, you can count on Dr. Revoredo for attentive care. Call Elite Premier Medical Care, or make an appointment online today.
Asthma and Allergies
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung condition. Your bronchi, the tiny airways in your lungs, swell, and your body produces extra mucus, both of which reduce the space available for air to flow in and out of your lungs. As a result, you experience symptoms, including:
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
You may also experience asthma attacks — events when your asthma symptoms suddenly become more intense, and you struggle to breathe.
Your risk of asthma is higher if you have a family history of the condition or if you have allergies.
What are allergies?
Allergies occur when your immune system mistakes a benign substance for a threat and releases histamines and other chemicals to fight off the perceived threat. As a result, you develop a range of disruptive symptoms, such as:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy watery eyes
- Skin rashes including eczema and hives
- Nausea and vomiting
Allergies can change over time, becoming more severe or even disappearing. If you’re concerned that you or your child have allergies, schedule an appointment with Dr. Revoredo for diagnosis and allergy testing.
How are asthma and allergies diagnosed?
Dr. Revoredo provides thorough exams and testing to diagnose asthma and allergies.
If you think you have asthma, Dr. Revoredo listens to your lungs during a physical exam and asks about your personal and family medical history as well as your symptoms and general health.
He also uses tests such as spirometry and peak airflow to measure the quantity of air entering and leaving your lungs.
If you have a suspected allergy, Dr. Revoredo may recommend allergy testing to identify the specific allergen that triggers your symptoms.
During allergy testing, Dr. Revoredo applies a small, diluted amount of an allergen to your skin and watches for a reaction. He can test for several allergens at the same time.
If you have a suspected food allergy, he may recommend an oral challenge. During an oral challenge, you follow a limited diet for several weeks to ensure all traces of any allergens are out of your system.
Then, one by one, you consume small bites of suspect foods while Dr. Revoredo observes you for reactions.
How are asthma and allergies treated?
When it comes to treating asthma and allergies, one of the first steps is learning your triggers and avoiding them.
For example, if you know that pollen makes your asthma flare up, limit your time outside when pollen counts are high. You can take the same approach if you have hay fever.
Dr. Revoredo can also prescribe inhalable medicine to reduce inflammation in your lungs to control your asthma symptoms. Inhalers are available for daily preventive use and as-needed use.
He can also prescribe medicine to relieve your allergic reactions such as oral antihistamines and topical creams to soothe allergic rashes.
Call Elite Premier Medical Care, or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about asthma or allergies.