Asthma

Asthma is a chronic, or ongoing, condition where the air passages in the lungs are very sensitive. The air passages can become inflamed and swollen. Asthma may be caused or triggered by allergic and non-allergic factors. Allergic factors or challenges include seasonal pollens (from things like trees, grasses and ragweed), mold spores, dust mites, animal dander, and cockroaches. These “triggers” can cause the muscles of the air passages to squeeze and become narrow, as well as produce extra mucous, making it harder to breathe. The most common symptoms of an asthma attack are wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Sometimes coughing is the only symptom.

Poorly controlled asthma can lead to persistent lung disease, which may not be reversible. It is therefore imperative to have regular ongoing evaluations and treatment for this condition. We strive to involve the patient with the practitioner to formulate and “asthma control plan,” which involves a combination of patient administered self-evaluation, medications, and office-based testing to evaluate their progress.

Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Treatment for asthma generally involves avoiding the things that trigger your asthma attacks and taking one or more asthma medications. Treatment varies from person to person. Medications used to treat asthma include long-term control medications, quick-relief (rescue) medications and medications to treat allergies. The right medication for you depends on your age and symptoms, and what seems to work best to keep your asthma under control. The goal of asthma treatment is to prevent ongoing and bothersome symptoms, prevent asthma attacks, carry on with normal activities, maintain normal or near normal lung function and prevent attacks that require a visit to the physician or hospital emergency room.

Schedule an appointment with our specialist to begin treatment of your asthma!