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If you have been dealing with severe asthma, you have heard or read about NUCALA injections as a potential treatment. We know that this different type of treatment can come with a lot of questions. Continue reading to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, and then contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 if you would like a consultation to determine if this or another asthma treatment might be right for you.
It is a new kind of treatment that is administered via injection. Depending on the specifics of an individual’s case, they will get an injection every four weeks either at their doctor’s office or at home. It is used in conjunction with other asthma medications and works by helping to lower airway inflammation that can lead to asthma attacks.
In fact, it targets eosinophils. This is one source of inflammation that can affect more than just asthma, so it can actually treat several conditions.
First, it is not an inhaler. Second, it is not a steroid. When you consider that most asthma treatments are one of these, you will quickly see that this makes it much different than other treatment options. It is also used as an add-on, which means it works not instead of the current medications you take but in addition to them.
If you are being treated for severe asthma, it is possible that one of the underly causes is not being treated: eosinophils. We can perform a blood test to test for the amount of eosinophil in your blood. Clinical studies show that this blood test is the best way to identify patients who are most likely to respond to this treatment option.
Depending on the results of the blood test, a doctor can diagnose severe eosinophilic asthma and add NUCALA to the treatment plan.
Contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group. In fact, if you have severe asthma that is not 100% under control, then we recommend you contact us to find out how we can help. Whether NUCALA helps or not, there are many options that could help.
We are here to provide the testing necessary to find out exactly what you are dealing with. Contact us at 805-658-9500 now if you are ready to learn more and/or make an appointment.