Identify asthma triggers to control symptoms
11/10/2016 4:46 PM
Asthma is a condition that affects the human airways. Asthmatics experience inflammation in their airways, and, as a result, secretions are produced that make them hypersensitive to certain allergens and pollutants. When asthma flares up, the smooth muscles that line the airways constrict the air passages and cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness.
At Central Texas Medical Center, we approach asthma with a combination of steroids and medications. Our respiratory therapists and certified asthma specialists also follow up with patients to provide education on how to manage asthma.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma, but it is manageable. It is helpful if you document your asthma triggers so they can be avoided. Keep in mind that some triggers don’t cause symptoms right away. Speaking with an allergist about immunotherapy can also help keep asthma symptoms at bay.
About the Author:
Tony Garcia, RRT, is the director CTMC Cardiopulmonary Services.