RANDALL HUMPHREYS, M.D. (850) 785-2717 2401 St Andrews Blvd, Panama City, FL 32405

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The topic of allergies seems to be all over the news these days. From children whose lives can be threatened by peanuts or peanut butter to people who have had serious, or deadly, reactions to insect stings – you can’t be too careful regarding the correct diagnosis and treatment, along with management, of allergies. Food and insect stings are only two of the most common allergies, which also include: dust, pollen, animal dander, mold, and Latex. However, some people are also allergic to medications. So when you present to our office, be sure to advise us if you’ve been mixing medications with herbal products. Our goal is to help find the cause of your allergies and then treat them in the most effective manner.

There are many conditions that “mimic” allergies, one of which is undetected sinusitis. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses, which are located immediately below the eyes and between the check bones. There are two types of sinusitis: Acute and Chronic. So how do you know if you have sinusitis or “jus a cold”? The common cold should only last five to seven days. Unfortunately, statistics show that 75% of severe asthmatics also suffer from sinusitis, so it is very important to get a proper diagnosis of your sinus issues in order to determine if allergies are triggering the inflammation. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the sinus infection is bacterial, and decongestants or nasal sprays may also be helpful to reduce symptoms. Long-term treatments, like immunotherapy, may also have an effective alternative. Nasal polyps, sinus disease, vocal cord dysfunction and chronic or seasonal rhinitis should also be part of the initial evaluation by your allergist.

The bad news is: Asthma can’t be cured.

The good news is: People can live with Asthma by using medications strategically.

All too often, asthma isn’t properly diagnosed. Unfortunately, there are “masqueraders” of this condition like excess body fat, edema (associated with congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, or heart disease), undetected sinusitis and its associated issues, and even COPD. So, you need to make certain that you have scheduled an appointment with a board-certified allergies who should be able to do a proper diagnosis and get your asthma under control through an effective action plan.

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