Allergy And Asthma Specialist

Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine

Internists located in Denver, CO

If you have trouble breathing due to allergies or asthma, you don’t have to suffer. Internal medicine physician Dr. Igor Borisov and Dr. Daniel Witten diagnose and treat asthma using spirometry and nebulizer treatments, helping you lead a normal, healthy life. Call Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine in Denver to learn more, or book an appointment online today.

Allergy and Asthma Q & A

Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine

What are allergies and asthma?

When you have allergies, asthma, or both, you may have trouble breathing, which can drastically impact your quality of life.

Allergies

Allergies occur when your body’s immune system reacts to something in the environment that isn’t harmful. You might be sensitive to one or several allergens, such as:

  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Certain medications
  • Pollen
  • Insect stings
  • Certain foods
  • Dust mites

Asthma

Asthma is a health condition that causes narrowing of the airways, which can lead to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Mild asthma produces few side effects, but extreme cases of asthma can be life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Symptoms of allergies vary from person to person, as does their severity, but common allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Swelling
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Asthma

Many symptoms of allergies are simply a nuisance, while others can be serious and even life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of Asthma?

Asthma flare-ups can significantly hinder your breathing, and may even be life-threatening in severe cases. Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing

How are allergies and asthma diagnosed?

To diagnose allergies, Dr. Borisov and Dr. Witten use blood or skin-prick tests to identify your allergens. He places tiny amounts of various allergens underneath the upper layers of your skin using small needle pricks and observes how your skin reacts.

To make an asthma diagnosis, Dr. Borisov and Dr. Witten perform a thorough physical exam, review your medical history, and may administer a spirometry or peak flow test.

Spirometry tests help determine how narrow your bronchial tubes get when taking deep breaths and exhaling. Peak flow tests measure how hard you’re able to breathe out. Both of these tests help Dr. Borisov and Dr. Witten determine if your lungs are working properly.

What are the treatments for allergies and asthma?

Dr. Borisov and Dr. Witten along with the experienced medical team at Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine work with you to develop a treatment plan that best matches your individual needs. Common allergy treatments include medication, allergy shots, and avoiding known allergens.

To treat symptoms of asthma, Dr. Borisov and Dr. Witten may suggest medication, nebulizer treatments, or a quick-relief inhaler. He works with you to recognize your specific asthma triggers, such as exercise, dust, or unfiltered indoor air.

If you’re ready to reduce your allergy or asthma symptoms and boost your quality of life, call Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine or book an appointment online today.