What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that results from inflammation in your airways and lungs and makes it difficult for you to breath. Allergy is the most common cause of asthma flares. Other common triggers for asthma-related inflammation include:
- Cold air
- Physical activity
- Viral infections
- Cigarette smoke
You may also be prone to developing asthma as a child or an adult if you have a family history of the condition.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
As your airways and lungs become inflamed, you can experience difficulties breathing and other symptoms like:
- Chest tightness
Asthma symptoms appear on occasion, especially when you’re physically active, and can range from mild to severe.
For some, asthma symptoms can quickly become life-threatening and you need emergency treatment immediately.
How is asthma diagnosed?
The medical team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma offers the latest asthma diagnostic tests on-site for fast, accurate results. A standard test for confirming asthma and other inflammatory respiratory problems is a spirometry, a pulmonary function test that measures how much air you can breathe in and out of your lungs, and exhaled nitric oxide.
Your Advanced Allergy & Asthma specialist also reviews your personal and family medical history and completes a physical exam to rule out other issues that may be causing your symptoms.
Once they confirm asthma, your Advanced Allergy & Asthma provider creates a custom treatment to help you manage asthma symptoms and prevent future asthma attacks.
How is asthma treated?
Your treatment plan for asthma depends on the severity of your symptoms and the factors that trigger your asthma. Typically, medications are useful for quickly reducing inflammation and opening your airways to help you breathe better.
You can use fast-acting inhaled medications for sudden asthma attacks and your doctor may also recommend long-term asthma control medications to prevent asthma-related breathing issues.
If you have allergy-triggered asthma, your Advanced Allergy & Asthma provider may also recommend allergy medications or immunotherapy with allergy shots to desensitize your body to suspected allergens. Allergy immunotherapy is very effective to minimize or eliminate asthma in selected patients.
If you have severe asthma, there are several new drugs for severe asthma.
To find out more about your treatment options for asthma, schedule a consultation with the experts at Advanced Allergy & Asthma today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.