Asthma & Allergies Specialist

Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care

Family Practice and Urgent Care located in Charlotte, NC

About 25 million people in the United States suffer from asthma, many of whom also stand among the 50 million struggling with allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. That’s why doctors Sylvia Okoye, MD and Joseph Okoye, MD, FACP provide allergy testing services and asthma treatment at Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you suspect you’re suffering from asthma or allergies, call or click online for a same-day appointment with Eastway Medical Clinic today.

Asthma & Allergies Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a common health problem that can make it difficult to breathe. This condition restricts airflow to your lungs by making your air passages swell and produce excess mucus. Asthma results in coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

You may experience only the minor symptoms of asthma, or suffer from severe, terrifying asthma attacks that interfere with your life. In some cases, asthma attacks are life-threatening.

What are symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms can vary in type, frequency, and severity. Symptoms may come and go on their own, be consistent and persistent, or only arise in the presence of a specific trigger. Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Whistling when exhaling

Why should I see a doctor about asthma?

Asthma isn’t curable, but you can lead a normal life by adequately managing your symptoms. Drs. Sylvia and Joseph Okoye work with you to pinpoint what factors cause your asthma symptoms to worsen and what you can do to prevent that from happening. They may also prescribe medication, such as an inhaler.

Severe asthma attacks may threaten your life and require immediate medical care. Drs. Sylvia and Joseph Okoye teach you the signs of a severe asthma attack, so you know when to seek emergency treatment.

How is asthma related to allergies?

Allergy-induced asthma, or allergic asthma, is the most common form of this chronic lung disease. Common allergens that may trigger an asthma attack include:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Pet dander

Many men, women, and children with asthma also suffer from other allergies.

How do doctors test for allergies?

Allergies can create a host of other problems in your body, including asthma. Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin, eyes, or mouth
  • Hives or a rash
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Swelling in your tongue, face, or throat
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you’re regularly experiencing allergy symptoms, Drs. Sylvia and Joseph Okoye can test you for allergies with skin and blood tests. Once you discover the source of your allergies, they discuss the best treatment options available.

Asthma and allergies may be common, but they can also be dangerous. Book an exam at Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care by calling, clicking online, or walking in for same-day treatment.