Norman Regional Health System

Friday, May 5, 2023

Allergies and asthma are common conditions that affect many people. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 100 million people in the U.S. experience various types of allergies each year. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.

While these conditions can be managed with over-the-counter medication and home remedies, there are times when it's necessary to seek medical attention. When is it time to see your doctor at Norman Regional for allergies and asthma?

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Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to a foreign substance, such as pollen, pet dander, or certain foods. Symptoms of allergies can include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Skin rashes
  • Swelling
  • Trouble breathing

If you experience any of these symptoms and they interfere with your daily life, it's time to see your doctor. Your doctor can help you identify the specific allergen causing your symptoms and recommend treatment options, such as allergy shots or prescription medication.

In addition, if you have a history of severe allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis, you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, or a rapid heartbeat.

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Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of asthma can include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Trouble breathing

If you experience any of these symptoms and they interfere with your daily life, it's time to see your doctor. Your doctor can help you manage your asthma with medication, such as inhalers or nebulizers, and develop an action plan for asthma attacks.

It's important to seek medical attention immediately if you experience severe asthma symptoms, such as extreme difficulty breathing, a bluish tint to your lips or face, or severe chest pain.

When to Seek Emergency Care

If you or a loved one experiences severe symptoms of allergies or asthma, such as anaphylaxis or extreme difficulty breathing, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Allergies and asthma can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes, but it's important to seek medical attention when symptoms interfere with your daily life or when you experience severe symptoms.

Your Norman Regional provider can help you identify the cause of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan to improve your quality of life. At Norman Regional, we’re committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to patients with allergies and asthma. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians.

Norman Regional Walk-In Clinics and Virtual Care

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Looking for quick and convenient medical care? Look no further than Norman Regional's Walk-In Clinics! Located at Norman Regional Moore and Norman Regional Nine hospitals, these two clinics are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, providing patients with easy access to medical care.

At our Walk-In Clinics, our team of skilled physicians and nurse practitioners can help you with a range of health concerns, including allergies, cold and flu symptoms, sore throats, stomach viruses, and minor cuts and contusions. We strive to provide both a medical home and quick care services for new and returning patients. Both clinics offer online scheduling at your convenience.

If leaving the house isn’t an option, Norman Regional Virtual Care can help. We will connect you with a provider any time of the day or night from the comfort of your home or office. It’s quick, convenient and only costs $65 for each visit. Learn more about Norman Regional’s other telemedicine offerings.