What are the symptoms of asthma?
Common symptoms of asthma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Difficulty sleeping
What are the risk factors of asthma?
Currently, there is no known cause of asthma. However, doctors have noted that the following risk factors may make someone more likely to develop the condition:
Family history of asthma
History of viral infections throughout childhood
Working around irritants that can be inhaled (dusts, gasses, etc.)
What treatments are available for asthma?
When most people think of asthma treatment, they often think of a primary care physician prescribing an inhaler. While this is the case in many situations, there can be the need for advanced asthma management, especially if you are experiencing persistent asthma attacks. That’s when it’s time to visit a pulmonologist.
Our board-certified pulmonologists at St. Joseph Health are here to provide an advanced level of care for patients experiencing severe asthma symptoms. They work to develop a customized treatment plan for each unique person, which may include:
- Quick-relief treatments, including bronchodilators
- Long-term control medications
- Long-acting bronchodilators
- Bronchial thermoplasty
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of asthma, schedule a visit with a St. Joseph Health pulmonologist today.