Understanding Your Asthma

Asthma symptoms occur when a patient’s airways narrow and produce mucus, resulting in labored breathing and chest tightness. While some patients may regularly experience these symptoms, others may only have occasional flare-ups that are triggered by a variety of factors. Despite the fact that asthma is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, it is essential to note that its symptoms can be treated, so that patients can live life more comfortably.

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Treating Your Asthma

Asthma attacks can be potentially life-threatening, so treating your asthma and preventing it from occurring is crucial. Understanding your triggers, avoiding them, and taking your asthma medication can help manage your symptoms.

To effectively treat your asthma, ask your SFENTA™ Weston ear, nose, and specialist about the following:

  • Long-term control medications may be prescribed to manage your asthma symptoms daily. Taking these medications can control your condition and help decrease the chances of a severe asthma attack, possibly saving your life.
  • Quick-relief medications can immediately treat your symptoms if an unexpected asthma attack occurs. Unlike long-term control medications, you will not need to use these frequently. 
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What Causes Asthma?

Although it is unknown why some people develop asthma, it is possible that a variety of factors, such as environment and genetics, may be contributors. Unlike asthma triggers, which can worsen the condition, causes of asthma are why someone may develop it.

Below is a list of some of the factors that may increase the likelihood of a patient developing asthma:

  • Asthma runs in your family
  • You suffered from allergies as a child
  • You were born prematurely
  • You had multiple incidents of bronchiolitis
  • You were exposed to certain substances or chemicals at work
  • You are a smoker, or your parent smoked near you as a child

Common Asthma Triggers

The severity and triggers of a patient’s asthma can vary, but some are more common than others. It is essential to be aware of your triggers to manage your asthma better.

Common asthma triggers include:

  • Dust mites
  • Air pollution
  • Indoor mold growth
  • Cockroaches and other pests
  • Pet fur and dander 

The Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing, particularly in the evening or while exercising
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain and tightness
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Asthma FAQs

Does asthma worsen with age?

In cases where a patient’s asthma was never effectively treated, it is possible that it may worsen with age. Although there is still much research to be done in this area, many healthcare professionals believe that managing your asthma with long-term control medications can prevent asthma from worsening as you get older.

Is it possible to outgrow asthma?

Although some children who exhibit mild asthma symptoms may experience little to no symptoms by their mid-teens, asthma often recurs in adulthood. It is less likely for children with severe asthma symptoms to exhibit fewer symptoms as they age. If you develop asthma as an adult, you are less likely to outgrow it. That said, with medication, you can effectively manage the symptoms. Our SFENTA™ office in Weston can help.

Should people with asthma exercise?

Although exercise can be a trigger for asthma symptoms, it is still incredibly important to remain active. The proper medication can manage your asthma, giving you the freedom to exercise without feeling limited.

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