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Why see an allergist in Big Sky country (part I)?

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Other than generally being nice people, allergists are uniquely qualified and specifically trained to diagnose and treat allergies, asthma and immunology disorders.    Part I relates to asthma, allergic rhinitis and sinus problems.

Asthma is the #1 chronic disease of childhood.  Most teens and young adults with asthma had symptoms starting before 3 years old.  About 40% of infants will wheeze and some of them will go on to develop persistent asthma.  Over 11% of Montana’s children and over 8% of adults have asthma.  Many individuals with asthma do not have a written Asthma Action Plan, know what to do during an asthma attack or know how to properly use an inhaler.

  • At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana (FAACM) we will:  teach you how to properly use an inhaler to make sure that the medication is getting to your lungs; develop a specific plan for what to do when an asthma flare occurs and keep you out of the hospital and ER, off prednisone and all on the least amount of medication as possible!

Allergies (hay fever) are not life-threatening, but it can significantly affect quality of life with not only nasal and eye symptoms, but fatigue, sleep disturbance and irritability.  Allergic rhinitis frequently occurs with asthma and may precede the development of asthma.

  • At FAACM, we will: identify what the specific allergens are, provide a plan on avoiding it, a medication regimen for treating it and/or offer allergy injections to provide long-term relief and perhaps even prevent the development of asthma.

Sinus:  The majority of “sinus problems” do not require surgery but can be controlled with medications.  We will work closely with your ENT surgeon to resolve those pesky sinus issues.

 This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. 

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