Asthma Q & A
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airway. It occurs when you have narrowing of the bronchial tubes, which serve as the path for air to enter and leave your lungs. Asthma can develop due to genetics or to certain environmental factors. Kids can develop asthma after a severe respiratory infection at an early age.
What symptoms suggest asthma?
Asthma can cause a tight feeling in your chest and shortness of breath. Coughing and wheezing also often occurs with asthma.
Flare-ups are likely when you’re exposed to an allergen. But, asthma attacks can be triggered by stress, exercise, certain foods, cold weather, illness, or irritants and pollution.
How is asthma diagnosed?
The doctors at Sole Health Medical Center diagnose asthma using pulmonary function testing. The testing is noninvasive and measures your lung volume, rate of airflow, and effectiveness of gas exchange. Usually, the team uses a spirometer – a device with a mouthpiece hooked up to a machine – to measure your lung capacity.
You may also undergo allergy testing to determine if your asthma is triggered by particular pollutants or elements in the environment, such as pollen or pet dander. By discovering your triggers, you can better control outbreaks of asthma.
How is asthma treated?
Asthma can’t be cured, but your symptoms can be managed so you live a healthy, normal life. Avoiding triggers is a major step in controlling asthma symptoms, but that’s not always possible. If you’re prescribed oral or inhaled medications, the doctors at Sole Health Medical Center teach you how to use these and under what circumstances. The goal is for you to feel good enough to do all your normal activities and experience very few, if any, major asthma attacks.
If you have asthma or suspect you might, call Sole Health Medical Center for treatment. Alternatively, schedule an appointment using the online tool.