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Asthma & Allergies

Asthma & Allergies

Eastway Medical Clinic

Asthma and allergies may be common, but they can also be life-threatening. Book an appointment at Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care in Charlotte North Carolina by calling on the phone, online, or simply walk in for a same-day treatment by our highly qualified and experienced doctors.

What is Allergy?

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people. The severity of allergies varies from person to person and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis – a potentially life-threatening emergency. While most allergies can’t be cured, treatments can help relieve your allergy symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Allergy?

Allergy symptoms, which depend on the substance involved, can affect your airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin, and digestive system. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe, and in some severe cases can trigger a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, can cause:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the nose, eyes or roof of the mouth
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery, red or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)

A food allergy can cause:

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat
  • Hives
  • Anaphylaxis

An insect sting allergy can cause:

  • A large area of swelling (edema) at the sting site
  • Itching or hives all over the body
  • Cough, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Anaphylaxis

A drug allergy can cause:

  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Facial swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis

Atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin condition also called eczema, can cause skin to:

  • Itch
  • Redden
  • Flake or peel


Some types of allergies, including allergies to foods and insect stings, can trigger a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. A life-threatening medical emergency, anaphylaxis can cause you to go into shock. 

If you experience allergy symptoms often, our doctors can carry out allergy tests on you. Once they discover the source of your allergies, they will discuss with you, the best treatment options available.

Asthma and allergies may be common, but they can also be life-threatening. Book an appointment at Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care by calling, online, or walk in for same-day treatment. 

For a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), call 911 or your local emergency number, or seek emergency medical help. If you carry an epinephrine auto-injector (Auvi-Q, EpiPen, others), give yourself a shot right away.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow. This reduces the amount of air that can pass through the airway.It leads to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

What are the causes of Asthma?

In people who have sensitive airways, asthma symptoms can be triggered by breathing in substances called allergens or triggers.

Common asthma triggers include:

  • Animals (pet hair or dander)
  • Dust mites
  • Certain medicines (aspirin and other NSAIDS)
  • Changes in weather (most often cold weather)
  • Chemicals in the air or in food
  • Exercise
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
  • Strong emotions (stress)
  • Tobacco smoke

Many people with asthma have a personal or family history of allergies such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis) or eczema. Others have no history of allergies.

What are the symptoms of Asthma?

  • Cough with or without sputum (phlegm) production
  • Pulling in of the skin between the ribs when breathing
  • Shortness of breath that gets worse with exercise or activity
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

What are the exams and tests required for Asthma?

The health care provider will use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs. Wheezing or other asthma-related sounds may be heard.

Tests that may be ordered include:

  • Allergy testing — skin or a blood test to see if a person with asthma is allergic to certain substances
  • In the hospital Arterial blood gas (usually only done with people who are having a severe asthma attack)
  • Chest X-ray
  • Lung function tests, including peak flow measurements

What is the treatment for Asthma?

The goals of treatment are:

  • Control airway swelling
  • Stay away from substances that trigger your symptoms

If you, or your family members are having symptoms of asthma, our doctors at Eastway Medical Clinic and Urgent Care in Charlotte North Carolina are experienced in the management of Asthma and are here  to help you.

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