Asthma

Is asthma preventing you from living your life to the fullest? You don’t have to let it. Dr. B. and the team of medical professionals at Respire can help you regain control of your life.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung-related disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma affects 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 10 children in the United States. Asthma contributes to 10.5 million missed school days each year and 14.2 work days lost per adult each year. It also costs the United States an estimated $60 billion annually.

During an asthma attack, the muscles around the airways tighten up and narrow allowing less air to flow through. As inflammation of the airway increases, it causes further narrowing and increased mucus production making it increasingly more difficult to breathe.

Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma can range in severity from being a nuisance to debilitating, and in some cases, it may even be life-threatening. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that worsen with a respiratory virus like a cold or the flu

Physical activity, exposure to irritants in the workplace such as chemical fumes, gasses or dust, or allergy-inducing substances like pollen, mold or pet dander, may increase the severity or frequency of asthmatic symptoms. Cold and dry weather conditions may also cause a flare-up.

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening and require emergency treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment

To diagnose asthma,  your physician will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam that will also include lung function tests and chest or sinus x-rays. The results of these tests will help determine what type of asthma you have, as well as determine the most effective treatment plan.

Unfortunately there is no cure for asthma, however, it can be managed with a custom action plan based on your specific symptoms and their severity. When managed effectively, asthma patients shouldn’t experience symptoms more than once a month and should have no limits preventing them from everyday activities.

If you think you have asthma or if your asthma symptoms have worsened, I can establish or review your treatment plan. Request an appointment with Respire today.

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