Living with asthma, you may have trouble participating in the activities you enjoy due to symptoms like shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing. Asthma is a chronic condition in which inflammation of the airways restricts your ability to breathe normally. Symptoms often occur in flare-ups called asthma attacks, though there may be more persistent symptoms like coughing that occur more frequently in patients with asthma that is going untreated. At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, you can find the exceptional care you need to manage your asthma so that you may breathe easier.
Asthma Causes & Triggers
While the exact cause of asthma is unknown, there are some factors that can increase the likelihood of developing asthma. These factors include genetics, the presence of childhood respiratory illnesses, obesity (particularly during childhood), and chemical exposures in childhood or during gestation. Asthma is often aggravated by triggers that induce more severe symptoms, and some of the most common of these triggers are listed below.
- Smoke and aerosol sprays
- Extreme weather
- Allergens (both indoors and outdoors)
- Respiratory infections (cold and flu)
Treating and Managing Asthma
There are two components necessary for treating asthma. As your doctor creates a plan for immediate treatment during an asthma attack, he or she will also explore more long-term methods of managing asthma. Combined, these two approaches will help to minimize the severity and frequency of symptoms so that you may enjoy a higher quality of life.
- Fast-acting treatment – For quick relief of symptoms, your doctor will likely prescribe a fast-acting inhaler that can relax the airways and improve breathing right away. You should carry this inhaler with you at all times so that it is always available when needed.
- Long-term treatment – Long-term care for asthma can minimize your reliance on your fast-acting inhaler and improve your overall health by decreasing inflammation. Prescription medications may be one component of long-term treatment, but with the care of an allergist, you will be able to explore more detailed treatment planning. For example, many people with asthma suffer from allergies that can cause a flare-up in symptoms. An allergist may recommend immunotherapy to control allergic reactions, which will reduce complications with asthma.
From your initial diagnosis to your ongoing care, you can rely on Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM for your treatment. If you are experiencing chronic respiratory problems or you have regular allergy symptoms, call us at 1(800)86-COUGH to schedule your initial consultation. We have several conveniently located offices in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville.