For almost 65 years, Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center has helped adults and children in the Charlotte area manage and control their asthma to lead healthy, active lives.
Asthma is a long-term respiratory disease that can cause your airways to temporarily inflame and narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma is becoming increasingly common in the U.S., with over 26 million people living with the condition. The symptoms of asthma can differ greatly for different people, as well as from episode to episode in the same individual.
Symptoms can include:
- Rapid breathing or shallow breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing spells (typically early in the morning or at night)
- Wheezing (a whistling sound that occurs when you breathe)
- Tightness in neck or chest muscles
- Low energy or tiredness
For some, asthma symptoms can be mild and go away on their own or after taking a small amount of asthma medication. For others, symptoms can be more serious and lead to a severe asthma attack, which can be very dangerous and even fatal. For this reason, it’s extremely important to properly diagnose and treat your asthma symptoms as soon as you suspect you may have the condition.
The two main categories of asthma are allergic asthma, which is asthma triggered by an allergic reaction, and non-allergic asthma, which is caused by factors unrelated to allergies. Allergic asthma is by far the most common type of asthma. Regardless of the type of asthma you have, an allergist or immunologist is the most qualified professional to diagnose and treat your asthma. At Carolina Asthma and AllergyCenter, our physicians have received specialized training in asthma and are Board Certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI).
“Asthma triggers” are substances that can irritate the sensitive airways of people with asthma and cause symptoms. A large part of managing asthma is identifying one’s own triggers and avoiding them.
Asthma Causes and Triggers
- Allergens such as pollens, mold spores, pet dander, and dust mites (allergy-induced asthma)
- Physical activity or exercise (known as exercise-induced asthma)
- Chemical fumes, gases, dust or other workplace irritants (known as occupational asthma)
- Sinus infections, colds and flu
- Changes in weather or temperature, humidity, or cold air
- Strong emotions, anxiety, stress, or extreme laughter
- Some medications, including beta blockers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen
Asthma can affect people of any age, but it develops most often during childhood. If you have a family history of allergies or asthma, you are also more likely to develop the condition. Many of the asthma patients we treat at Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center are young children. Our physicians are skilled at working closely with children (many also have Board Certification in Pediatrics) and their caregivers to educate them on their condition and individual treatment plan, as well as what to do if an emergency situation arises.
There is no cure for asthma, but under the right care, the symptoms can be managed with few, if any symptoms. Asthma conditions can change over time, which makes asthma management an on-going process. At Carolina Asthma and Allergy, we help patients track their signs and symptoms so we can adjust treatment if necessary.
Asthma treatments include:
- Patient Education & Partnership in Treatment Plans
Each asthma patient has unique symptoms and triggers, so it’s important for us to run several tests before implementing an individualized treatment plan. With today’s advanced diagnostics tools, knowledge and treatments, asthma does not have to be something that keeps you or your child on the sidelines. At Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center, we partner with our patients, to educate them on their treatment plan and create an ongoing process for managing and controlling their asthma, so it has the least possible impact on their life.