About 8% of adults have asthma, and if you’re one of them, you need to have medications on hand in case of an acute attack. The experienced doctors at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey in Vineland encourage you to meet with them to develop a treatment plan to effectively manage your asthma. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Vineland, New Jersey.
Asthma starts when airways in your lungs become inflamed. The inflammation causes hypersensitivity to substances in the air or environment, which then trigger an asthma attack.
When you have an asthma attack, three things happen:
All three actions narrow your airways, block airflow, and restrict your breathing. Once asthma develops, the airways tend to stay chronically inflamed, which makes you vulnerable to ongoing asthma attacks.
Asthma causes such symptoms as:
If your symptoms become more frequent or worsen, call Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey for an evaluation. It’s important to have the appropriate medication and dosage on hand to immediately relieve an acute asthma attack.
If you have allergies to airborne substances such as pollen (trees, grasses, ragweed), mold, or dust, these allergens can trigger an asthma attack. A few common triggers include:
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), or an asthma flare-up caused by physical activity, usually happens within a few minutes after you start exercising.
The doctors at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey perform pulmonary function tests on site to evaluate airflow and to obtain many other measures of lung functioning. Treatment for asthma takes a two-pronged approach: immediate relief when you have an attack and medication to prevent future flare-ups.
Your doctor may prescribe two different types of medications:
Using a nebulizer to convert medication into a fine mist, you can quickly inhale medicine into your lungs for relief during an asthma attack.
These medications are usually taken daily to prevent future asthma attacks. A variety of medications, both oral and inhaled, are available for long-term control. Your doctor picks the best one for your symptoms.
If your doctor suspects allergies of triggering your asthma symptoms, they may recommend allergy testing and immunotherapy (allergy shots). As you reduce allergies, you also improve asthma symptoms.
When you experience wheezing or difficulty breathing, call Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey, or book an appointment online.