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Asthma Prevention & Treatment

More than 25 million Americans suffer from asthmatic conditions in one way or another. Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and become inflamed, making breathing difficult. The bronchial tubes further tighten and swell in response to certain irritants, called allergens, or activities such as exercise. Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.

Asthma comes in may different forms. Here are a few different types:

Allergic:

Those with a family history of or high susceptibility to allergies are at an increased risk of developing asthma. Many people suffer from both conditions or from asthma that is specifically triggered by certain allergens.

Childhood:

Millions of children are affected by asthma each year. Most often the condition develops before the age of five. If your child displays symptoms such as coughing, wheezing or has difficulty breathing, seek the professional assistance of a certified allergist or immunologist to test for the condition and discuss the best course of treatment. Treatments vary according to each child’s unique needs and circumstances.

Occupational:

Occupational asthma refers to a swelling or inflammation of the lungs as a result of inhaling fumes, dust, gases, or other substances which cause wheezing, coughing, and tightness or pain in the chest. These irritants are often inhaled on job sites including construction, engineering, and some industrial facilities.

Exercise-Induced (EIA):

Exercise-induced asthma (EIA), as the name suggests, occurs when an individual develops asthma symptoms in direct response to exercise. Because physical exercise is important to overall health, learning to work around EIA symptoms is important to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Those with EIA should work with their allergist or immunologist to develop treatment options for management of symptoms when performing physical activities.

Dr. Laura Ispas-Ponas uses her years of expertise as an award-winning allergist and immunologist to develop personalized treatment plans that are specially tailored to the unique needs of each patient. Give us a call to schedule your initial consultation with us and see what treatment options are available to you.

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