Asthma occurs in 8% of children and adults, but with ongoing management, it’s possible to enjoy favorite activities and stay active in work and school. At Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center, Edwin Schulhafer, MD, offers in-office diagnostic testing and creates customized care plans that keep your asthma well controlled. Early treatment ensures you have the medications on hand if an asthma attack occurs. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Hillsborough Township or Annandale, New Jersey, or book online today.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung condition that occurs when your airways are overly sensitive to specific irritants. When you inhale the irritant, your airways become inflamed and swollen. They also produce more mucus than usual, and the muscles lining the airways tighten. As a result, you have a hard time breathing, and an asthma flare-up begins.
During an asthma attack, you have one or more of the following symptoms:
Many people find that their coughing gets worse at night. You can also have a dry cough as your only asthma symptom.
Allergens trigger asthma in people who have allergies. However, many possible irritants can result in asthma attacks. A few examples include:
Many people also have an asthma flare-up when they begin to exercise.
Your provider reviews your medical history, learns about your symptoms, and performs lung function testing to accurately diagnose asthma. Though there are several lung function tests, your provider begins with spirometry. Spirometry shows the amount of air you can inhale and how forcefully you can exhale the air from your lungs.
Your Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center provider creates an individualized asthma care plan to manage your symptoms and reduce future asthma attacks.
Your asthma treatment may include:
Your provider helps you identify the things that cause your allergy attacks and create a plan for avoiding them.
If allergies cause your asthma flare-ups, your provider does in-office allergy testing and recommends a combination of rescue inhalers and daily controller medication. Additionally, immunotherapy is sometimes recommended.
Everyone with asthma needs a rescue inhaler to quickly open their airways when an asthma attack begins. You may also need a daily maintenance medication that reduces the severity and frequency of future asthma attacks.
Moderate to severe asthma that standard medication does not control well may need the next level of treatment: monoclonal antibodies. Your provider may prescribe:
These medications target specific cells, reducing their ability to trigger asthma symptoms.
Don't wait to get help for asthma. Call Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center or book an appointment online today.