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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease involving the main air passages of the lung.  The hallmark of asthma is inflammation of the air passages, constriction of the muscles of the airways, and mucus production leading to obstruction of the air passages.  When this happens, you or your child may experience:

● Coughing

● Difficulty breathing (breathlessness)

● Wheezing

● Nighttime awakenings due to difficulty breathing or coughing

● Chest tightness

● Diminished exercise capacity

● Throat clearing

Symptoms of asthma can be recurrent or chronic.  If left untreated, chronic inflammation of the airways from asthma can cause permanent damage to the lungs.  Uncontrolled asthma can lead to recurrent trips to the doctor including multiple ER and urgent care visits.  Each asthma flare can be potentially serious or life-threatening.  

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends that individuals be evaluated by an asthma specialist (allergist-immunologist) if they:

  • have difficult-to-control asthma
  • have had a life-threatening asthma attack
  • are not achieving the goals of asthma treatment
  • have other conditions (e.g., sinusitis, severe allergies) that complicate asthma management
  • require regular or intermittent use of oral steroids for asthma
  • need diagnostic evaluation to confirm the presence of asthma or to identify allergic triggers
  • may be candidates for allergen immunotherapy ("allergy shots")

How can we help?

          In many cases, asthma flares or attacks can be initiated by a trigger.  Whether it is an allergen, irritant, or other trigger, the staff at Allergy & Asthma Care of Houston will work with you to help identify a potential asthma trigger.  Special diagnostic tools that only Allergists can offer will help in the evaluation process. 

Patient education, avoidance or minimization of potential triggers, regular monitoring of lung function and/or symptom control, and possible preventative medication will help to minimize sick days from work or school and maximize daily performance.  Our goal is to help you or your child lead normal active lifestyles.

   
               
               
 

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Allergy & Asthma Care of Houston

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Sugar Land, TX  77478

281.645.6401

 

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