Asthma is a widespread respiratory problem that can cause severe breathing difficulties. If you or your child has asthma or you’re concerned about symptoms, Wasatch Allergy and Asthma can help. They have a team of allergy specialists, led by allergist Eric Chenworth, DO, at their offices in Salt Lake City and Riverton, Utah, who have the expertise to help minimize and relieve the effects of asthma. Take control of asthma and improve your quality of life by calling Wasatch Allergy and Asthma today, or you can request an appointment online.
Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
The bronchi are the airways in your lungs through which air travels in and out when you breathe. When you have asthma, your airways become hypersensitive, causing chronic inflammation. A trigger can set off an asthma attack, increasing the inflammation and causing the muscles surrounding the bronchi to constrict.
This means it gets harder to draw air into your lungs, which leads to the typical symptoms of an asthma attack, which include:
Asthma is a chronic, incurable condition, but with expert treatment and support from the team at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma, you or your child can learn to manage asthma successfully.
Asthma most often develops in children under five years old. The reason why some people develop asthma isn’t known for sure.
People who have a family history of asthma or allergies are more likely to experience these problems themselves. It’s also common for people who have asthma to have allergies as well.
You might develop asthma if your work involves breathing in potentially harmful substances like dust or pollutants. This is called occupational asthma. Another form of asthma is exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), also known as exercise-induced asthma (EIA).
With EIB, your asthma symptoms only occur when you’re exercising or being physically active. As exercise is vital to good health, avoiding exercise to prevent an attack isn’t a good idea. If you have EIB, your provider at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma can help you manage your symptoms so you can still exercise.
The first stage in treating asthma is to assess how badly your airways are affected and how well you can breathe. To find out, the team at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma performs breathing capacity tests and an inhaled bronchial challenge test using methacholine.
Avoiding the triggers that cause asthma attacks can help reduce the number of attacks you have and give your airways some healing time. It’s also helpful to learn how to manage stress and cope with feelings of panic that can make asthma worse.
Most patients who have asthma typically need to carry a rescue inhaler at all times. The inhaler contains a medicated mist that you inhale into your lungs when you feel an attack coming on.
Another treatment for asthma is XolairⓇ (omalizumab). This is an antibody that can help reduce allergic reactions. Xolair is suitable for patients age 12 and older who have moderate or severe asthma due to allergies.
For more advice on living with asthma and the latest, most effective treatments, call Wasatch Allergy and Asthma today or request an appointment online.