Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Diseases in Seniors

Commonly patients in their senior years do not expect to have allergy or asthma.  Allergy and asthma are usually thought of as diseases of childhood, although recently both conditions are very commonly diagnosed as new illnesses at 55, 65 and 75 years of age. More recently, many patients are diagnosed with allergy and/or asthma for the first time who are above 75 years of age. These diseases are tremendously disruptive to the afflicted person and his or her family.

Allergy is an adverse reaction to various substances that may include pollens of trees, grasses and weeds, dust, dust mites, molds (mildew), foods and drinks, pets, cosmetics and perfumes, plants, metals, chemicals, and medications. The immune system reacts, sometimes violently, producing inflammation, irritation, and even respiratory distress that may be life-threatening. Allergy is the most common cause of asthma in all ages. Anyone who suffers from allergies is widely open to develop asthma.

Asthma is caused by a hyperactive response of the bronchial tubes or air passages entering the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. Asthma affects children and adults of all ages, and is most of the time caused by allergies. Asthma may require hospitalization and can be serious and life-threatening. 

Many other illnesses are the result of allergic reactions that can be identified and treated. Common symptoms of allergies that may occur seasonally or all year around include itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and shortness of breath, cough, or wheezing. Eczema hives and sinus disease is also commonly caused by allergy. Allergy to medications and insects can be serious at times. Many people respond to allergic diseases in less obvious ways. These people may not realize that allergy is the underlying cause of problems such as frequent respiratory infections, sinus disease, sinus headaches, frequent ear infections, dizziness, skin disorders such as hives, eczema, and other skin rashes. Common manifestations of allergy and asthma are swelling of the eyes, lips, face, or tongue, migraine headaches and chronic fatigue.

Accurate diagnosis is the key to the relief of allergies, asthma, and sinus diseases. If allergy, asthma, sinus, or skin, food, drug, and insect allergies keep you from living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life, you should seek help. There is no cure for allergic diseases or asthma simply because they are genetically inherited diseases. No one can get rid of his or her genes. However, there are various methods used to treat and control the symptoms of allergies, asthma and sinus diseases to the extent one can look for a life free of symptoms that interfere with the normal happy quality of life. 

Methods of treatment include: Desensitization (immunotherapy), Environmental controls, Control over your Food and drinks and Medications for treating the symptoms. If you or someone you care about has a poor quality of life due to allergies, asthma or sinus disease, or other disorders stated above, seek help and you will be impressed by the possible nice outcome. Confidence, trust, and mutual understanding in the patient/physician relationship are the cornerstones for success in the management of these diseases. From the initial evaluation of patients our goal of the treatment is to identify the underlying risk factors, arrive at an accurate diagnosis, treat and eliminate debilitating symptoms, and teach patients how to prevent recurrences. We wish you the best of health.