Asthma is a chronic lung condition of inflamed and narrow airways. Symptoms can include:
- Coughing, often worse at night and sometimes interfering with sleep.
- Shortness of breath, possibly feeling like you canít catch your breath or canít get air out of your lungs.
- Chest tightness, which may feel like something squeezing your chest.
- Wheezing, a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs with breathing, more often with exhaling.
In our office we do a breathing test (spirometry) to assess your lung function. This can tell us if you have asthma and what type of treatment may be best for you. Half of all asthma is believed to be caused by allergies, which is why we often test for allergies in our patients with breathing difficulties. Asthma symptoms can also be aggravated by viral and bacterial infections, which is why it is helpful to support your immune system in staying healthy.
Sometimes asthma symptoms can be a mere annoyance, other times they can be severe and even life-threatening. It is essential to detect and treat symptoms early so that they donít become severe. The current federal guidelines recommend getting regular check ups of your lung function at least every 6 months for asthma, though you may need to come in more frequently if your symptoms are out of control.
Asthma treatments often include albuterol or inhaled corticosteroids. Many of our patients with allergic asthma also benefit from allergy shots or XOLAIRģ.
There is currently no cure for asthma. Even when you feel fine, the asthma is still present and can flare up at anytime. We can help you breathe more easily, maintain healthy lung function, and manage asthma flares.