Allergic Dyspnea: Defining The Condition

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The condition known as allergic dyspnea is debilitating. It results in an extreme shortness of breath. It can be very unpleasant/uncomfortable. The discomforting condition is caused by allergens. In certain situations shortness of breath is a normal, healthy reaction. These situations include: exercise and fear. But when shortness of breath presents as a result of allergies in the form of allergic dyspnea the seeming lack of available breath is uncomfortable. Discomfort is an actual characteristic of the condition.

Shortness of breath is not the only symptom defining the condition, allergic dyspnea. Other symptoms of the condition include: extreme discomfort, increased, rapid breathing, a feeling that the patient can't get enough air, etc.

Allergic Dyspnea treatments vary in effectiveness from patient to patient, but some valid options include:

1. Avoiding the allergen

2. Intravenous or oral opioids (immediate-release)

3. Morphine (extended release)

4. Morphine/Midazolam combination

5. Gas

6. Nebulized opioids

7. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (especially effective against breathlessness)

It is important that allergy patients work with a knowledgeable allergist to pinpoint allergens. Identification of allergens is finished through specific testing processes. In some cases going to an allergist can let an allergy patient pinpoint the allergen that is triggering their allergic dyspnea or other allergic condition. For some pinpointing the cause of the condition is all that is can allow them the possibility to never suffer the condition again.

The most typical method of pinpointing allergens is through skin scratch and blood tests. These simple tests let a knowledgeable and experienced allergist to pinpoint the allergens causing the discomfort. By pinpointing the allergen many allergy patients are able to avoid future episodes with the condition by avoiding the trigger.

This type of avoidance technique is commonly viewed as the most effective long term treatment. It is the only guaranteed treatment to provide allergy patients with extended relief from the condition in full. For immediate relief other treatment methods (in some cases...emergency treatment methods) to relieve pain and allow patient to breathe may be necessary.

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This article was published on 2010/09/29