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Allergy and asthma sufferers have new tools to find relief

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Millions of Americans will sneeze, sniffle and wheeze their way through another spring. But no one needs to put up with these symptoms. New tools, including a simple online test to gauge whether you need help with your allergy and asthma symptoms plus a personalized plan explaining how to achieve relief, are now available to help eliminate suffering.

The tools are just some of the resources developed by the nation’s allergists through the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) as part of a public education and awareness effort. We hope to prevent allergy and asthma sufferers from needlessly tolerating symptoms that include sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and sinus problems. As allergists, we know these symptoms cause unnecessary suffering. Allergies and asthma are serious diseases and they should be treated as such. An allergist can help you find the source of your suffering and relieve the symptoms.

By answering questions through the Relief Self-Test at AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org, you can create a plan to eliminate suffering, including how to:

• identify the source of symptoms through allergy testing
• avoid things that trigger allergies or asthma
• partner with an allergist
• use treatments like medications and allergy shots

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In addition to the self-test, the Web site offers information about allergies, asthma and other allergic diseases; an e-newsletter; podcasts and videos; personal stories of patients who’ve found relief by working with an allergist; and an allergist locator.

A recent survey of allergy and asthma sufferers found that while 44 percent described their condition as serious or very serious, less than one-third of those had seen an allergist. Those who visited an allergist, however, saw benefits. The survey found that patients treated by an allergist reported higher satisfaction than those who saw another physician or self-medicated. In fact, those who saw an allergist were nearly three times more likely to say their treatment was effective than those who took over-the-counter medicine.

If you have allergies or asthma, you should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night. You don’t need to accept anything less. Often people with symptoms don’t realize how much better they can feel. An allergist has the expertise and training to eliminate your symptoms.

Allergists are experts in diagnosing and treating diseases, including:

• asthma
• seasonal allergies
• rashes
• hives
• eye allergies
• reactions to food, insect stings and drugs
• anaphylaxis
• sinus infections
• immune system problems that cause frequent infections

The bottom line is that an allergist can help you improve your quality of life. By finding an allergist, you can find relief.