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Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. An estimated 26 million people in the United States have asthma — many of whom aren’t aware that they even have it. Asthma is a condition that needs expert treatment. As allergists, our doctors have been trained to diagnose and treat asthma to prevent damage to the lungs. By taking advantage of the most advanced medicines and preventative methods, we can help keep your asthma under control.

 

Several factors can trigger asthma symptoms. Common triggers include allergens, smoke, stress, exercise, and cold air. In many cases, an allergy will trigger asthma symptoms or an asthma attack. This “allergic asthma” is the most common form of asthma. For this reason, allergy skin testing is often performed to help determine allergy triggers. When you have asthma and come in contact with an allergen or other trigger, it can cause airway inflammation and swelling. Variable factors like exercise and pregnancy can also cause allergy symptoms to worsen, as well as sicknesses like viral infections and sinusitis.

 

Common symptoms of asthma can include: 

  • Coughing

  • Trouble breathing

  • Tight feeling in the chest

  • Wheezing

Sometimes a cough that won’t go away is the only symptom. Asthma symptoms often happen at night and in the morning but can also happen at any time. If you think you have asthma, you need to be evaluated by a board-certified allergy and asthma specialist.

 

Our allergists will ask for a comprehensive medical history. We recommend keeping track of your history of asthma attacks or other symptoms and let our allergists know how often and what time of day these attacks happen. Don’t wait any longer to get a medical diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. 

Schedule an appointment today if you think you or a family member may have asthma.

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