Asthma Q & A

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. When asthma sufferers encounter a trigger, such as outdoor and indoor allergens, their symptoms are exacerbated. Asthma has a strong genetic component, so typically several family members or generations have it. There isn’t a cure for asthma, but the team of doctors at Annandale Primary Care can help patients manage the condition to keep attacks at bay. Call or make an appointment online at their convenient Annandale, Virginia, location today.

What triggers asthma?

Asthma is a condition that is always present that causes your airways to swell, narrow, and produce more mucus than normal. Asthma triggers cause what is commonly referred to as an asthma attack. During an asthma attack, breathing becomes even more difficult. Asthma triggers include:

Changes in the weather or humidity levels can also make your asthma worse, as can certain medications like NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or beta blockers.

It’s common for people with airborne allergies to have asthma, too. People with food allergies might show asthma symptoms as part of their reaction to the food anaphylaxis, and some food preservatives like bisulfites can trigger asthma in sensitive people.

Smokers who have asthma are more likely to have symptoms of coughing and wheezing. Additionally, women who smoke can have children with asthma.

It’s important to recognize what triggers your asthma and to avoid it whenever possible. If exercise is difficult, a slow warm-up can help reduce your chances for an asthma attack.

When should I see a doctor for asthma?

When asthma attacks are severe, they can be life-threatening. Potentially dangerous asthma attack symptoms include:

It’s important to recognize the symptoms of a severe asthma attack and know when to seek medical attention.

How is asthma treated?

There are a variety of treatments available for asthma. The providers at Annandale Primary Care can assess your current symptoms and lung health to develop a treatment plan. Typically, they use inhaled corticosteroid allergy medications to provide immediate symptom relief. Other medications or treatments may also be considered.

To learn more about asthma treatment and how the team at Annandale Primary Care can help you manage the conditions, call the office in Annadale, Virginia, or book an appointment using the online scheduler today.

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Undiagnosed patients can unknowingly transmit the disease to others. Early diagnosis can help to prevent or stop an outbreak.