Asthma causes the airways to narrow, swell and produce an excessive amount of mucus. These effects can make breathing difficult and may lead to coughing, wheezing and a shortness of breath. Although asthma cannot be cured, its symptoms can be effectively managed.
It’s not known exactly why some people suffer from asthma and others don’t. However, it’s likely due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Among people diagnosed with asthma, their symptoms are usually triggered by various irritants and substances. The most common triggers include:
The symptoms of asthma vary depending on the severity of your condition. Some patients experience symptoms all the time, while others notice they only emerge in certain instances, for example when they are:
The most common signs of asthma include:
The primary goal of asthma treatment is to prevent attacks before they start. This involves recognizing and avoiding your triggers, tracking your breathing, and taking your asthma medications as prescribed. Depending on the severity of your condition, your SFENTA ear, nose and throat physician may prescribe:
Long-term asthma control medications. These medications should be taken daily to control your condition and dramatically reduce your chances of experiencing a serious or life-threatening asthma attack.
Quick-relief medications. You will need to have quick-relief medications on hand to rapidly treat symptoms during an asthma attack. Because your long-term asthma control medications should keep attacks at bay, you shouldn’t need to use these medications very often.
Get your asthma under control with SFENTA. Contact our office today and learn how to breathe easier and prevent asthma attacks with lifestyle modifications, along with safe and effective medication.
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