Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways in the lungs which leads to airway hyper-reactivity. Upon exposure to airway irritants, allergen triggers or infection; the airways contrict leading to symptoms of shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing.
It is important if you suspect asthma to see a qualified Allergy & Immunology specialist for proper diagnosis and well as to identify your allergic triggers. A qualified Allergy & Immunology specialist can offer immunotherapy to selected patients who can benefit from this disease modulating treatment.
If you have asthma, having an action plan developed between you and your doctor will help your asthma control.
An asthma action plan:
- Helps determine if your asthma is under control
- What to do if your asthma is getting worse
- When to seek emergent medical attention
Recently the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology has released a supplement on Asthma which was published in USA Today. The highlights are below: