Do you live in the Lawrenceville, GA area and are having issues breathing? You may have asthma. The board-certified doctors at The Allergy & Asthma Center are available to help treat you for this common condition. Make an appointment today and let us help you address your asthma symptoms so you can breathe easier.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma occurs when the small to large bronchial tubes in your lungs become inflamed. This inflammation causes the airways to shrink, making it increasingly difficult to breathe. If asthma is left untreated, it can severely restrict your breathing and in some cases, be a dangerous medical condition.
What causes the inflammation of my bronchial tubes, leading to asthma?
Inflammation can be caused by an allergy or non-allergic stimuli. Some patients may actually see their asthma symptoms triggered by both.
What are some symptoms of asthma?
Many patients will find when they experience asthma to have difficulty breathing with wheezing and tightness in their chest. With that said, there is a wide range of asthma symptoms, some are mild, and some are severe. Asthma affects patients differently. You may have asthma and only experience a slight cough at night or when working out or severe symptoms that sometimes send you to a hospital for treatment. Our doctors have years of experience treating the entire range of asthma symptoms and can help you manage them!
How do I know if I have asthma or if someone in my family has asthma?
You need to come to our clinic for a thorough examination to determine if you or a family member has asthma. Our asthma specialists will review your medical history and talk to you about the symptoms you are experiencing. Your exam may include lung function tests with a spirometer to help our doctors with their diagnosis.
Is asthma common?
Yes! In fact, 20 million Americans live with asthma. Of those 20 million people, 9 million are children.
What will trigger my asthma symptoms?
In many cases, allergies are the cause. This is even more true with children who have asthma. Allergies cause the immune system to overreact, which is the primary cause behind the inflammation in your lungs. While it has long been considered a “lung disease,” recent research has pointed the blame to your immune system. In fact, if asthma runs in your family, you also may be more genetically predisposed to it. Common allergic triggers to asthma include pollen from weeds, grass, and tress as well as mold, mildew, dust mites, cockroaches, feathers, and pet dander. While uncommon, some kinds of food can also trigger asthma symptoms.
When I’m exposed to an asthma trigger, how long does it take for my symptoms to appear?
Just as many allergies could be the source of your asthma, there is a wide range of time before you may notice symptoms. They could arrive in minutes or hours after exposure. With some asthma patients, especially those who’s symptoms are triggered by environmental changes; it may take weeks of slowly building signs before they recognize it as an asthma attack. This slow build-up is often the case when pollen is a trigger during spring and fall seasonal changes.
What can trigger asthma when it isn’t an allergy?
Asthma can be caused in some patients by cold air, smoke, strong smells, weather changes, or by common colds and flu. Being aware of what can trigger your symptoms goes a long way to help you manage your asthma by avoiding these potential triggers.
How do I treat my asthma?
There is, unfortunately, no cure for asthma, but our experienced doctors will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to help you manage your symptoms. Our providers have years of experience in this area and have helped many in the Lawrenceville, GA area successfully manage their asthma. Each plan is customized based on a patient’s needs and their triggers, symptoms, and lung functions. We will work to prescribe long term medications to help you control your asthma and, if needed, rescue inhalers when severe symptoms appear. Our providers will also help you identify what to avoid in your environment to minimize asthmas outbreaks so you can successfully manage your symptoms.
Where are you located in Atlanta?
The Allergy & Asthma Center’s Lawrenceville clinic is located at 565 Old Norcross Rd. Lawrenceville, GA, 30046. We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Would you like to know more about our asthma treatment or make an appointment? Call Us our friendly staff today.