Twenty-five million Americans are living with asthma. Asthma symptoms (shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness and wheeze) occur when the airways in the lungs become inflamed and narrowed. Asthma can be triggered by a reaction to an allergen (such as pollen, dust mites, mold, cockroach or animals), irritants like smoke, exercise, cold air, gastric reflux, infection or stress. An allergist is able to identify triggers through skin testing and assess the degree of inflammation through a breathing test. The office will provide a treatment plan to decrease symptoms, increase lung function and improve your quality of life.
Deciding on a therapy for asthma takes into account the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms, breathing test results, emergency room visits or hospitalizations and missed days of school and work. A personalized asthma action plan will highlight when to take daily medication, which prevents inflammation, and when to take as needed medication (rescue) to control symptoms when they develop. Injectable biologic agents (Xolair or Nucala) may be recommended for treatment of severe persistent asthma.
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