Do I Have Asthma?April 9, 2015

How to Know if You Have Asthma.

If you have ever had wheezing, chest tightness, or difficulty breathing, you may have experienced an asthma attack. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI), asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. If you have asthma, your airways are inflamed or swollen, and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. People of all ages are affected by asthma, and childhood asthma affects millions of children. In order to get the right asthma treatment, it is imperative that asthma symptoms are diagnosed early. The earlier you are diagnosed, the easier it may be to establish and maintain control of asthma symptoms.

Asthma Symptoms

Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can vary in frequency, severity, and duration from person to person. Triggers that can cause an asthma attack or flare-up include exposure to allergens, exercise, smoke or pollution, weather changes, or viral infections (such as a cold).

A diagnosis of asthma is not just based on a person’s symptoms. An allergist will take a thorough medical history and perform breathing tests to measure how well your lungs work. Diagnosis and treatment of mild asthma symptoms can help prevent more severe episodes and help to keep your symptoms under control.

If you suspect that you or a loved one are having asthma symptoms, please do not delay. Contact the respected and trusted allergists at Allergy & Clinical Immunology Associates today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can breathe easier knowing we are on the case.