Are you looking for the top asthma specialists in the Atlanta, GA area? Come to the Allergy and Asthma Center today and meet with our board-certified doctors to help you with your asthma and related symptoms. Make an appointment today so we can develop a comprehensive plan to help you control your asthma and not have your asthma control you.
What happens in someone’s body when Asthma occurs?
When someone has asthma, their airways become inflamed and shrink, making it harder to breathe. These airways are generally the medium and large bronchial tubes in your lungs. Untreated asthma can severely restrict your activity due to your inability to breathe correctly.
Why is there inflammation of my bronchial tubes, leading to asthma?
Two things can cause the inflammation of your bronchial tubes. It can be caused by an allergic reaction, or non-allergic stimuli, which can include things like cold air or exercise. With some patients, their asthma can be triggered by both allergies and non-allergic stimuli.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Many patients who have asthma experience wheezing, tightness in their chest, and difficulty breathing when their airways become restricted. The severity of these symptoms varies between patients and can be mild to severe. Asthma does not affect everyone with the same set of symptoms or severity. Some may experience only coughing at night, or when exercising, while others may require hospitalization from time to time due to severe symptoms.
How do I know if I have asthma or if someone in my family has asthma?
Only an asthma specialist, like the ones we have at our clinic, can determine for sure you have asthma. Make an appointment today with our provider so they can review your medical history and symptoms. A lung function test with a spirometer may also be needed to help our doctors diagnose you for asthma.
Is asthma common?
It is! Twenty million Americans live with asthma, including 9 million children.
What will trigger my asthma symptoms?
Allergies often trigger asthma symptoms, especially asthma in children. While for years asthmas have been thought to be a lung disease, your immune system plays a rather large role in it. Inflammation of your airways is the result of your immune system overreacting to an allergen. If allergies and asthma run in your family, you may actually be more likely to suffer from asthma compared to the rest of the population. Some common triggers to asthma include mildew, feathers, dust mites, pet danger, cockroaches and pollen from weeds, trees, and grass. Although uncommon, food can also provide a trigger to an asthma attack.
When I’m exposed to an asthma trigger, how long does it take for my symptoms to appear?
Just as there are many possible allergens to trigger asthma, the amount of time it takes for symptoms to appear can vary. In some cases, symptoms can appear in minutes. For others, it can take hours. When your trigger is related to an allergen that is seasonal, it can sometimes take days and weeks of symptoms slowly appears before an actual asthma attack appears.
What can trigger an asthma attack when it isn’t an allergy?
Non allergic stimuli and other irritants are also known to trigger asthma symptoms in some people. These other triggers include the flu, laughter, smoke, cold air, and even changes in the weather. Being aware of your triggers can help you avoid them, so you do not cause severe asthma symptoms to appear.
How do I treat my asthma?
The experienced asthma doctors at the Allergy and Asthma Center will develop a comprehensive treatment program to help you manage your asthma symptoms. While no cure of asthma currently exists, the years of experience our doctors have at our clinic has given us invaluable insight on how we can help you. Our plan is influenced by your lung function, triggers, and severity of your symptoms. We will help you find the right controller medication and if needed, prescribe rescue inhalers when severe symptoms appear. Finally, we’ll work with you to identify what environmental triggers you need to avoid to help you manage your symptoms.
Where are you located in Atlanta?
The Allergy & Asthma Center’s Atlanta clinic is located at 2987 Clairmont Road, Suite 130 Atlanta, GA, 30329. We are open on Monday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and on Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Would you like to make an appointment with one of our asthma doctors or learn more about our treatments? Call our friendly staff today at (404) 476-8935.
We look forward to meeting you!