Asthma

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Partners In Family Health

Family Medicine located in York, PA

Asthma is a chronic medical condition that requires ongoing management, even when you have it under control. The board-certified family medicine physicians at Partners in Family Health in York, Pennsylvania can help you manage your asthma with an individualized treatment plan. Call today or schedule an appointment with the online booking agent.

Asthma Q & A

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What is asthma?

When you have asthma, the lining of your airway passages may swell and fill with mucus, leaving less room for oxygen to get through. This can leave you coughing, wheezing, and struggling to breathe. The severity of asthma varies from person to person, but it’s a chronic condition that requires ongoing medical management.

How do I know if I have asthma?

Although symptoms vary from person to person, common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Wheezing or whistling on the exhale
  • Difficulty breathing at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Severe coughing that leads to wheezing

 

You may experience these symptoms only under certain circumstances, such as when exercising or during allergy season.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, the healthcare professionals at Partners in Family Health can test your lung function with in-office spirometry to assist in a diagnosis.

How did I get asthma

Your asthma may be due to a combination of your genetic profile and environmental exposures.

Common asthma triggers include:

  • Allergens such as dust, pet dander, or ragweed
  • Cold weather
  • Air pollutants
  • Exercise
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

What are the classifications of asthma?

To help manage your asthma, the healthcare professionals at Partners in Family Health classify your asthma based on severity. These classifications include:

  • Mild intermittent: Symptoms no more than two days a week or two days a month
  • Mild persistent: Symptoms more than twice a week
  • Moderate persistent: Symptoms every day and occasionally at night
  • Severe persistent: Constant symptoms during the day and at night

How can I manage my asthma?

The team at Partners in Family Health can help you manage your asthma by teaching you about your triggers and how to avoid them to reduce attacks.

In addition to lifestyle management, the team also provides medications.

Long-term asthma control medications

You take these medications daily to help manage symptoms. These medications are considered the cornerstone of asthma management. Examples include:

  • Corticosteroid inhalants
  • Leukotriene modifiers
  • Long-acting beta agonists

Quick-relief medications

Other medications offer immediate relief during an acute asthma attack. Examples include:

  • Short-acting beta agonists
  • Ipratropium bromide, under Atrovent® and other trade names
  • Oral or intravenous corticosteroids

 

If your asthma is triggered by allergies, the healthcare professionals at Partners in Family Health may also recommend allergy medication to reduce symptoms and prevent attacks.

For asthma treatment and management, call today or book an appointment online.

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