Asthma, Allergies, and COVID-19

Kid's drawing of Coronavirus

COVID-19 is remaining a threat to everyone in the US. So far, despite social distancing, the infections have increased and spread. It is affecting our immediate community. 

Asthma is often exacerbated by respiratory infection, and the novel Coronavirus is probably not different in that respect. Therefore, it is essential for everybody with asthma and allergies to be well controlled. Often, that means that you would take a daily prophylactic medication such as an inhaled corticosteroid. 

How do I know if my asthma is not well controlled? 

In general, your asthma is NOT well controlled if:

What if I have no refills on my asthma medications?

If you have been seen in our office in the past year, just call us during business hours and we will send a refill to your pharmacy. If you have not been seen in over 1 year, please call to schedule a Televisit with one of the physicians. After the visit, we will send your scripts to the pharmacy.

What if my asthma is not well controlled and I need help now?

Call our office to schedule a Televisit. This is the safest way to get medical care for you right now. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are uable to perform pulmonary function tests right now. Therefore, most of the assessment will be based on clinical assessment - which can be achieved via televisit. During the pandemic, Televisits are covered by all insurances.

What about the news of Singulair (montelukast) now having a black box warning?

If your asthma was controlled with Singulair and you are afraid of the new black box warning, don't just discontinue the medication! Schedule a Televisit with one of our providers. We will be able if discuss if this affects you at all and whether or not you should take alternative controller medications.

In any case, please reach out to us for all your allergy and asthma related questions and all questions you may have in connection with the Coronavirus. We are staying open for you, since we know your care and best health is essential.

Author
Dr. Corina Bowser

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