Asthma is a chronic disease that causes the airways in the lungs to be inflamed. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs. When the airways are inflamed, they swell and make it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. This limited capacity for air movement causes symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. For some, asthma is a minor nuisance but for others, it can interfere with daily activities and potentially lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
An allergist/immunologist, often just referred to as an allergist, is the best qualified physician to diagnose and treat asthma. Allergists have specialized expertise in identifying asthma triggers and developing a treatment plan. There is no cure for asthma but the allergists and immunologists at Skin and Laser Dermatology Center can help you manage your condition to improve your quality of life. Call today to schedule an appointment with our providers at (703) 893-1114.
Frequently Asked Questions
Asmatic symptoms vary from person to person. Common asthma signs and symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightening or pain
- Wheezing when exhaling
- Coughing attacks that are worsened by respiratory viruses such as influenza (flu)
Asthma symptoms often change over time. Patients with asthma should monitor their asthma symptoms for more frequent or bothersome attacks, increased difficulty breathing, or needing to use a quick-relief inhaler more often. Your allergist/immunologist at S&L Dermatology Center will work closely with you to manage any changing symptoms.
- Family history of allergies or asthma
- Viral respiratory infection(s) during infancy and childhood
- Having an allergic condition, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Smoking tobacco
Asthma symptoms can occur infrequently, only at certain times, or frequently. Timing of asthmatic symptoms can be closely related to physical activity, called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). It is important to stay active so it is important to manage asthmatic symptoms with an allergist/immunologist.
Many people who have asthma also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma and it is the most common form of asthma. Allergic asthma is triggered by inhaling allergens, which are normally harmless substances the body has become sensitized to. Your allergist and immunologist at S&L Dermatology Center can help you identify what you are allergic to and recommend ways to avoid exposure to these triggering substances.
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