Asthma is a condition affecting the bronchial tubes in the lungs. In asthma, the airways become inflamed and swollen, making it difficult to breathe. In some people the asthma occurs once sporadically but in others it can be chronic. It can be mild, or severe enough to be a medical emergency. Both of our doctors have extensive experience treating asthma in children and adults.
Signs That You May Have Asthma Include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Exercise intolerance
Common Triggers For Asthma
- Respiratory infections
- Allergies to pollen, dust, animals, cockroach, and molds.
- Chemicals such as cigarette smoke
- Cold air
- Acid reflux
- Sinus disease
- Weather change
- Medications such as aspirin
How Is Asthma Diagnosed?
The diagnosis is based on the history and examination, combined with testing which may include the some of following:
- Pulmonary function testing to detect airways obstruction
- Allergy testing for environmental triggers
- Chest or sinus x-ray
- Exhaled nitric oxide breath test to measure inflammation
- Methacholine inhalation challenge
How Is Asthma Treated?
Our doctors will customize a treatment plan for you based on the causes of your asthma and its severity. This may include environmental measures to reduce exposure to dust mites or animal danders. There are a wide variety of excellent medications available now. And for very severe asthma, our doctors may recommend biologic medications such as Xolair, Nucala, Fasenra and Dupixent. These are extremely effective as well as safe. (Read more about biologics for asthma) Some patients with allergies may benefit from allergy shots as well. Asthma is our specialty and we can help restore your life back to normal.
Contact our office for a consultation.