Your Local Asthma Center
At Allergy and Asthma Centers S.C., we recognize that no two people are alike, so we tailor our discussions, treatment, and ongoing assessments based on our personal relationship with you. Below are some commonly asked questions about asthma that may help if you have not seen a doctor for allergies or asthma before. To further discuss your own symptoms and so that we can answer any of your personal questions, please call us today!
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a lung disease where inflammation in your airways causes the airways to swell and the muscles around the airways to tighten. As a result, the airways narrow and the air cannot flow freely through the lungs. Asthma typically develops in early childhood and can affect you at any age. There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be controlled when given the proper treatment and medications. Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, chest tightness, and wheezing. Common triggers for asthma include allergies, environmental issues, or residing with a smoker.
What Causes Asthma?
Asthma does not have to keep you from doing the things you like to do. Our doctors will help determine your triggers, such as pollen, dust, smoke, pets, mold, exercise and even heartburn. If these triggers sound more like allergies to you, it may be because many people suffer from allergy-induced asthma. Once you identify your triggers, a treatment plan can be put in place.
If your cough is lasting more than 4-8 weeks, you are experiencing chronic cough. This can interrupt your daily life from sleeping to eating, leaving you feeling exhausted and in some cases vomiting, rib fractures, and experiencing lightheadedness. Symptoms of a chronic cough may include a runny or stuffy nose, postnasal drip, frequent throat clearing and sore throat, and heartburn.
How is Asthma Treated?
When a person has asthma, they have it even when they feel fine, so ongoing treatment is usually necessary. There are two types of asthma treatments:
These are pills or inhalers that you would use every day, whether you feel the symptoms of asthma or not.
Quick Relief Medications
Most of these are inhalers or nebulizers and are used only when an asthma attack suddenly comes on.