According to ABC News, allergies and colds share several symptoms, and it is easy to mistake one for the other. Both are often characterized by sneezing, as well as runny or stuffy noses. However, allergies will typically cause an individual to have itchy eyes and should not lead to things like a fever or general aches and pains. Those symptoms are indicative of a cold or flu, the news source reported.
Dose counters on rescue inhalers display the amount of medication remaining in the device, but are not standard for all meter dose inhalers.
An asthma study conducted by the chair of the Public Education Committee of the ACAAI (American College of Asthma Allergy & Immunology) reports asthma related emergency room visits are estimated to be 55 percent lower in people with asthma who use dose counting inhalers than in those who use inhalers without dose counters. Dose counters help patients know if they are getting enough medication and warn if the inhaler is nearing empty, both of which can help reduce asthma attacks.
Dr. Michael Foggs of Chicago, the ACAAI president-elect reports in this article posted November 12, 2013 that "While dose counters can help reduce the number of asthma related emergency department visits annually, this alone is not enough." "Research has shown that effective asthma treatment includes regular care by an allergist who can closely monitor the disease, help identify and avoid asthma triggers, and develop an emergency plan for severe attacks."
Improved outcomes with a board-certified allergist include:
- 54 to 76 percent reduction in emergency room visits
- 60 to 89 percent reduction in hospitalizations
- 77 percent reduction in lost time from work or school
All of the five physicians at Allergy Consultants, P.A. are board certified in Allergy and Immunology and regularly attend the ACAAI conferences. The winter's cold and windy climate can trigger asthma attacks. Our allergists advise asthmatics always carry and use prescribed inhalers.