As the coronavirus pandemic continues across Arizona and the rest of the world, our allergists and PA’s are fielding many calls from patients with asthma. Having asthma does not put you at higher risk of becoming infected, but patients with asthma or other chronic lung disease are at increased risk for more severe symptoms if they do contract the coronavirus.
We are keeping our offices especially safe during this time, including:
1. All staff and patients are screened for fever and asked questions about potential coronavirus exposure before they can enter our offices.
2. All staff and patients are wearing masks in all areas involving patient interaction.
3. We are disinfecting common areas more frequently.
We recommend that all of our patients continue to follow the CDC’s and other local government coronavirus guidelines to protect themselves and their family members. However, patients with asthma can take additional measures.
One of the most important things people with asthma can do NOW is make sure their asthma is as well-controlled as possible. This includes staying on all your current medications, or seeing your doctor to make adjustments if you feel you are having less control of your symptoms. No matter what your maintenance medications are –whether they are inhaled or biologics—do not stop or change your medications without talking to your physician. Also, if you are running low on medicine or due for renewed prescriptions, contact your pharmacy or our office before you run out.
In general, if you are having symptoms or having to use your rescue inhaler more than twice per week or if you are waking up at night due to asthma more than twice per month, this indicates your asthma may not be fully controlled. Other signs would be noticing a drop in your peak flow readings, or problems doing normal activities because you are having more breathing problems.
It’s also spring allergy season! It’s very important to stay on your medications such as antihistamines and nasal sprays. If your eczema is flaring, be sure you are continuing to follow your skin care plan and moisturizing frequently – especially on your hands!
If you are concerned about increased symptoms you are having, you should contact our office for an appointment to discuss your specific symptoms, medication regimen, and coming up with a specific treatment plan that will work best for you. We are open for in-office and telemedicine visits when appropriate.
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