Allergy Assessment

Allergies are extremely common. Allergy-related symptoms can be caused by just about any substance that you inhale or swallow, or one that touches your skin. This assessment will help you assess whether you have taken the right steps to control your allergy symptoms.

What You'll Get At The End Of The Assessment

  • Issues to consider, based on your answers
  • Recommended action steps for controlling your allergies
  • Links to additional reading

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Allergy & Asthma

In western Kentucky and southern Indiana, Allergies may seem to be a way of life. But with so many treatments available today, maybe it's time for you to explore your options.

The Differences

Allergies

Particles like dust and pollen are usually harmless, but they cause reactions in people who are allergic to them. That’s because the body mistakes these particles for germs that could make you sick.

Common Allergens include:

  • Drugs
  • Dust
  • Food
  • Insect Venom
  • Mold
  • Pet and other Animal Dander

Learn more about Allergies in the Owensboro Health Online Health Encyclopedia.

Asthma

Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma Attacks can be triggered by allergens.

Learn more about Asthma in the Owensboro Health Online Health Encyclopedia.

Allergy Tests & Treatments

Our allergy-related services include:

Basic Treatment Options

Owensboro Health offers a number of primary care facilities where you can get treatment for Allergies & Asthma.

Not sure where to start? To speak with a nursing professional about your symptoms call 855-417-8555 or consult our Find A Provider directory.

Specialty Options

In advanced cases, your physician might recommend the services of a specialist, including a/an

  • Allergist/Immunologist – (Allergy Specialist)
  • Pulmonologist – (Lung and Breathing Specialist)
  • Otolaryngologist – (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist)

You can do your homework on these specialties by consulting our Find A Provider directory.

Emergencies

Call 911 If You Have A Medical Emergency

Allergy and Asthma attacks are treated in the Emergency Department. We treat patients of all ages at any time of day.

A severe Asthma Attack requires a check-up by a doctor. You may also need a hospital stay, oxygen, breathing assistance, and medications given through a vein (IV). Our professional staff includes a highly trained respiratory team that is on call 24/7.

When To Go
Go to the Emergency Department if you experience:

  • Drowsiness or confusion
  • Severe shortness of breath at rest
  • A peak flow measurement is less than 50% of your personal best
  • Severe chest pain
  • Bluish color to the lips and face
  • Extreme difficulty breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Severe Anxiety due to Shortness of Breath

What To Expect
Typical Allergy Treatment in the Owensboro Health Emergency Department

  • First, a trained emergency RN (registered nurse) will evaluate your symptoms and decide where you will go to receive treatment. This process, called triage, may be done in a triage room or an actual treatment room.
  • After triage, you will be placed in a room, and an ED physician will be notified.
  • Doctors and nurses will assess your condition and determine what needs to be done immediately. You will probably be placed on a cardiac monitor. We will also monitor your blood pressure and pulse if necessary.
  • If your airway and breathing are appropriate, you will probably receive an IV so we can administer medication.
  • Medications that are frequently ordered for acute allergic reactions are: Solumedrol, Zantac or Tagamet, and Benadryl—all in IV forms. If the allergy is severe, Epinephrine SQ or Brethine SQ will be ordered.
    Medications commonly ordered for Asthma Exacerbations are: Aerosol Nebulized treatments by Respiratory Therapy (Albuterol, Atrovent, Xopenex) and Solumedrol IV.
    In severe cases, Nebulized treatments can be started immediately by your RN.
  • You will be closely monitored during your stay, and if your symptoms worsen, we will notify the doctor immediately.
  • Once you are stabilized, you will either be admitted or discharged according to your specific circumstances.

Pulmonary Function Testing At Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health offers many types of Pulmonary Function Tests, or PFTs, to help your doctor see how well your lungs are working. Physicians use these tests to diagnose asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Some tests may take only 20 minutes, but others will take up to two hours. For more information talk to your physician or our respiratory department call 270-417-3200.

Learn more about the tests we offer.

Spirometry


  • The most common type of PFT
  • Measures the speed and volume of air you can inhale or exhale
  • Allows doctors to determine if an inhaler will help
  • Test works by blowing into a mouthpiece
  • Performed in the Heart Center at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital on Pleasant Valley Road. The Heart Center is located on the first floor, to the left of the main information desk.

Body Box

  • Measures Lung volume
  • Considered the Gold Standard of Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Temperature and pressure controls make results more accurate
  • The only Body Box in Owensboro
  • Located at Pulmonology

To learn more call 270-417-7515.

Nitrogen Dilution System

  • Measures lung volume
  • Test works by blowing into a mouthpiece
  • Performed in the Heart Center at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital on Pleasant Valley Road. The Heart Center is located on the first floor, to the left of the main information desk.

Diffusion Capacity

  • Measures how well your lungs transfer gasses into your bloodstream
  • Test works by blowing into a mouthpiece, holding your breath and then blowing out rapidly
  • Performed in the Heart Center at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital on Pleasant Valley Road. The Heart Center is located on the first floor, to the left of the main information desk. Also performed in the offices of Pulmonology.

Methacholine Testing

  • For patients who do not have classic Asthma symptoms
  • Technicians induce asthma reaction in a controlled environment
  • May require multiple tests
  • Performed in the Heart Center at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital on Pleasant Valley Road. The Heart Center is located on the first floor, to the left of the main information desk.

Contact Us

For more information or to speak with a nursing professional about your symptoms call 855-417-8555.

When To Contact A Medical Professional

Call 911 for medical assistance right away if:

  • The person is having a severe allergic reaction. Do not wait to see if the reaction is getting worse.
  • The person has a history of severe allergic reactions (check for a medical ID tag).

Pulmonology Care At Owensboro Health

Breathe easier with help from Owensboro Health’s Pulmonology Services, also called Respiratory or Lung Care. You’ll benefit from board-certified Pulmonologists who are specially trained to care for even the most complex lung conditions.

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