Wheezing and sneezing? Itchy eyes and nose? Short of breath or feel tightness in your chest? All of these are symptoms of allergies, asthma, and COPD. Could it be something else? Sure, but why not find out for sure with a trip to Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine in Canton, Ohio? Dr. John T. Given and his staff specialize in these conditions, and in working toward long term relief and healing through a variety of treatment methods.
Have you made your appointment yet? Why not? It could be that you fall into what Dr. Given refers to as the “tolertator” category. What is a tolerator? Just what it sounds like: someone who simply tolerates their symptoms without seeking treatment. If you just asked, “so, what’s wrong with that?” then you almost certainly fall into the allergy, asthma, and COPD tolerator category!
The reason that simply tolerating, putting up with, or ignoring you symptoms is that they can gradually worsen over time. If they become severe enough, you may no longer have a choice about getting treatment because you’ll find yourself in the ER. Once that happens, the journey toward relief is a much longer one, and may well result in the need for more medication or treatments because your asthma, allergies, or COPD progressed to such a degree.
For example, if you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to asthma, and you talk to a medical professional as soon as you realize that it’s not getting better on its own, you may end up with a rescue inhaler and some breathing exercises to help strengthen your lungs. If you wait until the symptoms have persisted for years, your experience may not be that simple. Because your lung function has become so depressed, breathing treatments and corticosteroids maybe prescribed to help bring you back up to par. Only after that is accomplished will you be able to look into day to day maintenance. You will have to overcome years of neglect first. So, those medications and treatments you thought you were avoiding by tolerating your condition? Now you have those, plus a few extra! You’re definitely not doing yourself any favors.
Being a tolerator doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, Dr. Given is quick to point out that tolerators are often some of the nicest people he’s ever met, and wouldn’t want to change them for anything. They’re just SO nice that they don’t want to complain or they’re so busy looking out for others that they forget to listen to what their bodies are telling them, and don’t make their own needs a priority. There’s even a list of common tolerator “excuses” posted in each exam room at Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine.
-I’ve had this before.
-It’ll get better on its own.
-I’m getting used to it.
-There are others who are worse off than me.
-I don’t like medicines.
-I don’t like to go to the doctor’s office.
-My father (or mother) had the same thing.
Sound familiar? If you’re nodding your head or squirming uncomfortably, it’s time to make the call! Put an end to the “tolerator” cycle, and find out what relief from the symptoms of asthma, allergies, and COPD feels like with a visit to Canton, Ohio’s breathing experts at Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine.