Asthma FAQ

How is Asthma Treated?

Although there is not a cure for asthma, the symptoms can be with medications and trigger avoidance.  New medications make it possible to lead a normal life.  There are quick-relief medication to help short-term asthma symptoms and controller medications that help treat and control asthma in the long-term.  A high percentage of asthma patients suffer from allergies.  Controlling allergies can be the first step to controlling their asthma.

What Happens if my Asthma Goes Untreated?

It is extremely important to seek medical attention for asthma.  Airway inflammation is more likely to occur and become more severe the longer asthma is left untreated.  Asthma is not a medical condition that goes away.  Not treating airway inflammation and constriction may cause you to lose lung function and prevent you from being able to do your normal daily activities.  For those individuals with allergic asthma, identifying and treating your allergies is instrumental in treating your asthma.  An allergist can help you determine your allergies and prescribe an effective treatment plan.

What About Children and Asthma?

Asthma is the most common chronic illness among children.  If a child’s asthma is left untreated, it can result in loss of sleep, exercise limitations, missed school days, emergency room visits, and, in a few cases, death.  The good news?  Just like adult asthma, a child’s asthma can be effectively treated with medications and “trigger” avoidance.  Again, receiving medical help for asthma is essential!