Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about some of the most commonly asked questions at Pulmonary and Allergy Associates.

1. Why do I have to bring my X-rays or Computed Tomography (CT) scans to the appointment?
Physicians at Pulmonary and Allergy Associates want to view the actual images and not just the interpretive report. The radiologist who read your images may not know what complaints or symptoms you have when viewing your films. In some circumstances an alternative conclusion may be arrived at after we have reviewed your films. Most facilities will give you copies on a CD, please call ahead before your appointment.

2. What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes your breathing to stop repeatedly while you sleep. These breathing pauses or "apneas" usually last 10 to 30 seconds and can happen many times throughout the night.

3. How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
Possible signs and symptoms are: daytime sleepiness, loud snoring followed by silent pauses, gasping or choking during sleep, morning headache, irritability or mood changes, poor concentration or memory loss, lowered sex drive and falling asleep while driving.

4. What is asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of difficulty in breathing, wheezing, cough, and thick mucus production, caused by spasm or inflammation of the bronchi.

5. How can I treat my asthma?
Be sure to work with your physician to keep your asthma under control, follow your written asthma action plan, avoid triggers (scents, over exertion during exercise, smoking, etc.), use your prescribed asthma medication and visit your physician regularly.

6. What is an allergy?
An allergy is an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance called an allergen. When an allergen, such as pollen, is absorbed into the body of an allergic person, that person’s immune system views the allergen as an invader and releases potent chemicals such as histamine. These chemicals cause symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, itching and sneezing.

7. What are some common allergens?
People can be allergic to one or several allergens. The most common include; pollens, molds, dust mites, animal dander (dead skin flakes from animals with fur), foods, medications, cockroach droppings and insect stings.

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