What You Need to Know About Asthma

Patients who suffer from asthma often experience shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest pain due to the narrowing of their airways. Asthma symptoms may come and go, flaring up when triggered and potentially resulting in an asthma attack. If you have asthma, regardless of the severity, you should know that there are many treatment options available to you that can help reduce your symptoms, which your SFENTA™ Boca Raton ear, nose, and throat specialist can assist you with. 

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Asthma Treatment Options

No one should have to live with the discomfort of asthma symptoms, especially when there are so many effective options to choose from. From quick-relief medications to long-term control medications, you can reduce your symptoms and decrease the likelihood of an asthma attack.

Consult with your SFENTA™ Boca Raton ear, nose, and throat specialist about your treatment options:

  • Quick-relief medications: In the event of an asthma attack, quick-relief medications can immediately intervene and help open your airways. 
  • Long-term control medications: To prevent asthma symptoms, long-term control medications may be prescribed and are designed to be taken daily. 
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Why Do People Develop Asthma?

While researchers understand many triggers that prompt a patient to exhibit asthma-related symptoms, the cause of asthma remains unknown. Many believe that environment and genetics are major contributing factors that can increase a patient’s likelihood of developing this chronic condition. 

Other contributing factors include:

  • Allergic conditions
  • Respiratory infections that occurred during childhood
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to toxins, chemicals, fumes, or other elements in the workplace

Identifying Asthma Triggers

Triggers can worsen a patient’s asthma, resulting in a flare-up or a serious asthma attack. Understanding what triggers your symptoms is a crucial step in treating your asthma and our SFENTA™ office in Boca Raton can help you identify them.

Here are some common asthma triggers:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Mold
  • Cockroaches, mice, and other pests
  • Heightened emotions, which can result in an increased heart rate
  • Certain medications, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatories

Examples of Asthma Symptoms

  • Coughing fits
  • Wheezing
  • Inability to sleep caused by shortness of breath
  • Pain in the chest
  • Trouble breathing
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Asthma FAQs

Can the weather affect my asthma?

Changes in weather have been known to trigger asthma symptoms. For example, cold air can irritate an asthma patient’s inflamed airways. Shifts in weather and seasons can also release pollen, which is another well-known asthma trigger.

Does asthma change overtime?

Although asthma cannot be cured, it can change over time. In some cases, children can outgrow their symptoms though it is likely that they will experience a recurrence in later years. Ultimately, while your asthma may never go away completely, with effective treatment, you may hardly ever experience any symptoms.

Are some climates better than others for people with asthma?

Although there are no specific climates that are better for asthma patients, allergen levels may be less at higher altitudes. If you are particularly sensitive to dust mites or pollen, this may be beneficial for you. However, the best way to manage your symptoms is to have a proper treatment plan. Our SFENTA™ office in Boca Raton can offer the help you need.

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