There’s no place Jonathon M. would rather be than on the soccer field. The 10-year-old “sleeps, eats and drinks soccer,” according to his mom, Carol.
But Jonathon, the team’s goalie, sometimes misses important games because of asthma, which he’s had since he was a baby. That makes him very unhappy. Fortunately for Jonathon and his teammates, those missed games and practices have become fewer since he began seeing an allergist. “It’s helpful working with a specialist,” says Carol. “Allergists really understand how the lungs work and what medicines to use. They have so many resources to draw on.”
Jonathon’s asthma is triggered by things that most of us don’t even notice the smell of a scented candle in a store, a diner’s cologne in a restaurant. Changes in the weather, cats, mold, pollen and dust mites also take Jonathon’s breath away. Working with an allergist, Jonathon has been able to avoid his asthma triggers and learn how to use medicine to keep his disease in control. And that makes Jonathon and his teammates happy because it gets him back in the game. It also gets him back in school, where he’s an honor student. That makes mom happy.
This patient successfully found relief after seeing an allergist, but the patient’s photograph is not available to respect the patient’s privacy and identity.