Asthma Specialists in Texas
Allergy and ENT Associates, one of the most trusted names in asthma care, is the largest specialty asthma, allergy and immunology group practice in Texas, with more than 58 years in the healthcare domain and a growing network of asthma and allergy specialists. With a team of widely experienced asthma doctors in Houston and surrounding areas, we are the leaders in asthma care, specializing in identifying asthma symptoms and providing effective treatments and management strategies.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.
If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.
People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. Many people with asthma also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma.
What Our Patients Say
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According to the leading experts in asthma, the symptoms of asthma and the best treatment for you or your child may be quite different than for someone else with asthma. The most common symptom is wheezing. This is a scratchy or whistling sound when you breathe. Other symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Chronic coughing
- Trouble sleeping due to coughing or wheezing
Asthma symptoms, also called asthma flare-ups or asthma attacks, are often caused by allergies and exposure to allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, pollen or mold. Non-allergic triggers include smoke, pollution or cold air or changes in weather. Asthma symptoms may be worse during exercise, when you have a cold or during times of high stress.
Children with asthma may show the same symptoms as adults with asthma: coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. In some children chronic cough may be the only symptom. If your child has one or more of these common symptoms, make an appointment with an allergist / immunologist:
- Coughing that is constant or that is made worse by viral infections, happens while your child is asleep, or is triggered by exercise and cold air
- Wheezing or whistling sound when your child exhales
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing, which may be associated with exercise
- Chest tightness (a young child may say that his chest “hurts” or “feels funny”)
- Fatigue (your child may slow down or stop playing)
- Problems feeding or grunting during feeding (infants)
- Avoiding sports or social activities
- Problems sleeping due to coughing or difficulty breathing
Asthma Treatment & Management
There is no cure for asthma, but symptoms can be controlled with effective asthma treatment and management. This involves taking your medications as directed and learning to avoid triggers that cause your asthma symptoms. As a rule of thumb allergies cause Asthma in 90% of children and 50% of adults. Specific Allergen Immunotherapy (allergy injections and oral sublingual drops) have been shown to prevent and decrease asthma.
Your allergist will prescribe the best treatment for your condition and provide you with specific instructions for using them. If you would like more information please call our central appointment desk (713) My-Sinus or (713) 697-4687 and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.
Services & Procedures
The asthma specialists at Allergy and ENT Associates perform a comprehensive assessment to ensure the patients receive the best suitable and sustainable treatment. Our asthma doctors possess proven expertise in assessing signs and leveraging an array of procedures to make accurate diagnosis and recommendations.
Our core competencies include:
- Spirometry is the most common of the Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs), measuring lung function, specifically the measurement of the amount (volume) and the speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled or exhaled. It is an important tool used to help assess asthma and COPD.
- Xolair and Other Biologics are treatment options only for patients with high IgE levels and moderate to severe asthma. Xolair, Fasenra, and other biologics are similar to allergy shots, that bind the IgE and inactivate it. The injections help reduce the number of asthma attacks in people with allergic asthma who still have asthma symptoms even though they are taking inhaled steroids.
Why Choose Allergy & ENT Associates?
Asthma requires specialized treatment, if a patient doesn’t get relief from primary medications such as inhalers and nebulizer. That is when the need of the hour is a specialist. All asthma doctors of Allergy and ENT Associates are certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology – the highest level of training and recognition for allergy practitioners, and have comprehensive knowledge regarding all aspects of asthma management, including rescue medications and long-term treatments.
Contact for Appointment
If you would like more information regarding any of these procedures please call our central appointment desk (713) My-Sinus or (713) 697-4687 and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. Allergy & ENT Associates serves Houston and surrounding areas in Texas.