Asthma affects 6-8% of children and adults, but they can keep up with their favorite activities and enjoy life when their asthma is well controlled. At Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan, Chad W. Mayer, DO, FAAAAI, FAAP and Ronda Barak-Norris, MD, FACAAI, specialize in creating individualized treatment plans that restore breathing and reduce asthma flare-ups. Call the office in Farmington Hills, Michigan, or use the online booking feature today to learn more and receive exceptional asthma care.
Asthma is a lung disease that occurs when the airways become chronically inflamed. As a result of the ongoing inflammation, the airways are overly sensitive.
When you inhale certain substances, the airways become swollen, clogged with mucus, and the muscles in the airways tighten (narrowing the tubes carrying air in and out of your lungs). These changes make it hard to breathe, and you have an asthma attack.
During an asthma flare-up, you have one or more of these symptoms:
Though not as common, a dry cough may be your only symptom.
Allergens frequently trigger asthma flare-ups in people with allergies, but many possible irritants can cause trouble in your airways, including:
Up to 90% of people with asthma experience a flare-up when they begin to exercise. The team at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan provides treatment that lets you exercise without worrying about asthma.
In addition to reviewing your medical history and completing a physical exam, your provider performs a lung function test called spirometry. As you breathe into a mouthpiece, a spirometer measures the amount of air you can breathe in and out and how fast you can exhale.
The team at Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan creates a care plan to improve your symptoms and reduce flare-ups. Your treatment may include:
Your provider helps you identify your unique triggers and suggests ways to avoid them.
When allergies cause flare-ups, your provider may recommend allergy testing and immunotherapy. Receiving immunotherapy (allergy shots, sublingual tablets, or oral immunotherapy) decreases your allergy symptoms and lowers your risk of asthma attacks.
Everyone with asthma should carry a rescue inhaler. This device holds medication that quickly opens your airways during an asthma attack. Your provider may also prescribe a daily medication that reduces the frequency and severity of future asthma flare-ups.
If you have moderate to severe asthma that doesn’t improve with standard medications, your provider may recommend biologic medications. These medications reduce airway inflammation by blocking specific molecules.
Don’t let poorly controlled asthma affect the quality of your life. Call or book an appointment online today.
Dr. Rhonda Barak-Norris is an Allergist and Asthma specialist that treats patients for allergy testing, food allergies, drug allergies, skin testing, asthma and more. We are located in Farmington Hills, Mi. Call us to book your appointment today.