Asthma

034alowresAsthma is relatively common, and the incidence of the disease has grown in recent years. An estimated 12 million Americans – including more than 4 million children – have asthma.

Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, a tight feeling in the chest, coughing, and wheezing. Sometimes a chronic cough is the only symptom, and many cases go undiagnosed. Symptoms are most frequent at night and in the morning, but an asthma episode can occur at any time. These may range from only mild discomfort to life-threatening attacks in which breathing stops altogether.

Allergy A.R.T.S. center includes a state-of-the-art pulmonary lab for both adult and pediatric patients. Did you know some people have been diagnosed with asthmatic symptoms but had vocal chord dysfunction?

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We have generated a list of questions that can help determine if you may be suffering from asthma.  Take a few minutes to review our questionnaire by clicking on the “Asthma Life Quality Test”. 

The causes of asthma are not fully understood. Nevertheless, there are several factors known to trigger an asthma episode. These include:

Exposure to Allergens – substances that cause an allergic reaction in some people, including pollen, dust, mold, feathers, animal dander, and some foods.

Irritants in the Air – including smoke, dirt, gases, and/or odors.

Respiratory Infections – such as colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, flu or other illnesses.

Exercise – although people with asthma can benefit from an exercise program with pre-treatment and proper monitoring.

Emotional Stress – tense muscles and shallow breathing may contribute.

Cold, windy weather – or sudden changes in the weather.

1How to avoid things that make asthma worse
2What medicine to take and when
3Watch for symptoms, such as waking during the night, not being able to do normal activities, missing work or school or using quick-relief medicine more than twice per week.
4When to get emergency help, such as when you have trouble walking to talking or symptoms remain the same or get worse despite the use of quick-relief medicine.
5Remember, managing your asthma is a long-term commitment. Visit your doctor at least every six months to reevaluate or adjust treatment plans.

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The specialists at Allergy A.R.T.S. have the advanced training and experience to properly diagnose your condition and prescribe a treatment plan to get you feeling better again! Specialties include Allergy, Asthma, Rheumatology, Osteoporosis and Autoimmune Diseases.

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