Managing Asthma Can Greatly Improve Your Quality of Life
Asthma is a common, chronic disease that affects over 25 million individuals in the U.S. alone and causes respiratory attacks due to inflamed and swollen airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the bronchial tubes will narrow and restrict air from entering and leaving your lungs. If left untreated, asthma can be deadly. Although asthma is incurable and can impact your quality of life, our doctors at Chesapeake Ear Nose & Throat in Baltimore, MD, can work closely with you to relieve and manage symptoms so you can better enjoy daily activities. If you are having difficulty taking deep breaths, seek medical attention right away and then schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified specialists to discuss your long-term solutions.
Signs and Symptoms
If you are unsure whether you have asthma, common symptoms include breathing problems such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Inability to take deep breaths
- Quick breaths
- Chest tightness
- Throat irritation
- Feeling of weakness or exhaustion
- Frequent coughing, especially at night
You may only suffer from a few symptoms in varying severity. Attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours or days.
Common Asthma Triggers
Preventing symptoms from occurring is the best way to avoid asthma attacks. To do this, you need to know what conditions trigger your asthma to better understand what affects you personally so you can avoid them in the future. Some asthma sufferers are affected by indoor and outdoor allergens, while others are affected by stress, foods, and exercise.
Your asthma may be caused by various triggers, such as:
- Tree pollen and other outdoor allergens
- Pet dander, dust, and other indoor allergens
- Smoke and strong odors
- Cold, sinus infection, and the flu
- Food additives
- Cold air
- Extreme changes in weather
Preventing symptoms from occurring is the best way to avoid asthma attacks.
How to Manage Asthma
With our experience in diagnosing the root of breathing problems, we can help patients manage short-term flare-ups with inhalers. Long-term management will typically involve corticosteroids. During your consultation, one of our doctors will review your personal and family medical history, while also performing a detailed physical exam to help diagnose the severity of your asthma and create a personalized treatment plan. We will also perform an allergy test to help you better understand what conditions cause your flare-ups in order to prevent and control an asthma attack from happening. Knowing this information can greatly improve your livelihood, help you enjoy daily activities, reduce the amount of missed work or school, and lower your healthcare costs.
Other helpful tips for managing asthma include:
- Diligently taking your asthma medication as prescribed
- Being aware of triggers and allergies so you can avoid certain situations
- Minimizing your stress
- Exercising appropriately
The expertise of our doctors combined with their commitment to providing personalized guidance, allows us to help patients effectively manage their asthma symptoms.
Find Long-term Solutions
You may be suffering from undiagnosed asthma if you are struggling from shortness of breath and a chronic cough. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call (410) 356-2626. One of our trusted doctors can meet with you to determine the best route of treatment.