Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes swelling of the airways, making breathing difficult. Allergens or other irritating substances enter the lungs and trigger symptoms. Narrowing of the air passages leads to wheezing, coughing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. Without the right medication, an asthma attack could be life-threatening.
Unfortunately, asthma is not a curable condition; however, with proper treatment, it can be brought under control and managed. Treatment includes prevention of asthma attacks with medication, tracking symptoms and triggers and the use of rescue inhalers for break-through episodes.
Monitoring how well your lungs are working and keeping track of symptoms and triggers are important components for managing the condition. Keeping a record of when you have breathing problems and what triggers them will help you avoid the things that bring on asthma attacks. Dr. Michael can show you how to keep track of your symptoms.
There are a variety of medications available to help you manage your asthma. Keeping track of symptoms while on the medication will help you and your doctor determine if the medication has the desired effect. If necessary, the dosage or the type of medication can be adjusted to help you manage your asthma better.
Causes of Asthma
Over 25 million people in the United States have asthma. This condition affects more children than adults, and the rates are increasing annually. The cause of increased rates is not known. Allergens can cause an asthma attack. Ragweed, pollen, animal dander and dust mites are common triggers.
An attack can also be brought on by pollution in the air. Smoke, chemical fumes and strong odors can cause breathing problems. Some people are affected by weather conditions. Humidity or cold can trigger an attack for some individuals. Overexertion, exercise, excitement or stress are often factors.
With proper diagnosis and treatment, this debilitating condition can be managed so you can live a normal life. Find out more about treatment and managing asthma by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Michael.