What Is Asthma?
Similar to allergies, asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the bronchial tubes by causing them to be overly sensitive to irritants. Asthma causes airways to be inflamed and to be narrowed, making it difficult for the person to breathe comfortably.
People of all ages are susceptible to asthma but it generally starts during childhood. Currently, around 25 million people in the United States are known to have asthma and around 7 million of those are children.
What Causes Asthma?
Research is still being conducted to pinpoint the exact cause of asthma. There are certain factors that are said to be linked with causing the disease:
- Childhood respiratory infections
- Genetic factors such as parents suffering with asthma
- Early contact with allergens or other viral infections as a child
- Exposure to tobacco smoke or other irritants
What Are The Common Asthma Symptoms?
Asthma symptoms can range in severity from person to person. They can also vary over time from mildly uncomfortable to life threatening. Here are some of the most common asthma symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
These symptoms can be brought on or become worse by certain triggers such as:
- Upper respiratory infections like the common cold
- Environmental allergens such as dust, mold, pollen, etc.
- Certain medications such as aspirin or NSAID pain relievers
What Treatments Are There For Asthma?
As there is not yet a cure for asthma, the disease is controlled by symptom management. Here at Austin Allergy Associates our doctors help you prevent asthma attacks, maintain stable lung function, and prevent chronic asthma symptoms through our multifaceted approach to asthma treatment.
Austin Allergy Associates
T. Ray Vaughan, M.D.
P. Dennis Dyer, M.D.
3303 Northland Dr. Suite 301
Austin, TX 78731