Although asthma is a chronic disease, our Austin allergists provide treatments that allow you to manage your condition and enjoy a comfortable quality of life
Asthma is a chronic lung disease for which there is no cure, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, it is a disease that can be successfully managed. Our experienced Austin allergists are fellowship-trained in the treatment of allergies and asthma, providing them with the knowledge and training to administer the finest care.
Types of asthma
Approximately 25 million people in the United States have asthma, and asthma is on the rise in this country. Everyone who has this condition has inflamed airways, which become sensitive and swollen. The airways react to certain inhaled substances or triggers, which causes more swelling and creates more mucus, creating an attack or flare-up. The triggers differ for each person.
Our Austin allergists diagnose all types of asthma, including:
- Exercise-induced —caused by physical activity
- Allergic —the most common form – triggered by inhalation of allergens
- Occupational —occurs when people inhale potentially harmful substances such as gases, dust or fumes
- Childhood —about 10 percent of children have asthma, and most children develop the disease at age five or younger
Causes and triggers
While we do not know exactly what causes asthma, certain risk factors and triggers have been identified. They include: family history, history of allergies, respiratory infections, smoke, weather changes, pollen count or air pollution. The most common cause is allergies.
Our Austin allergists will work with you to identify your triggers, and we will develop a plan to help you avoid exposure to the irritants that may cause your symptoms.
Wheezing is the most common symptom most people with asthma experience. Symptoms also include: tightening or pain in the chest, shortness of breath and a chronic cough. Sometimes, a child’s only asthma symptom will be coughing.
Diagnosis begins with a physical examination and a complete family and medical history. Our Austin allergists may also perform a breathing test such as spirometry. This important test measures how much air you are able to inhale, how much air you are able to exhale and how fast you can do it.
We may also perform additional breathing tests, as well as allergy testing since many people with asthma also have allergies. Sometimes a chest X-ray is used in the diagnosis as well.
Treatment and management
Once our Austin allergists have diagnosed asthma, they will create an individualized treatment plan for you. This may include oral medications, inhalers or nebulizers. You may also need allergy shots or allergy drops if allergy testing indicates that you have allergies. If allergies are the underlying cause, our natural pollen allergy shots often eliminate the need for daily pharmaceutical asthma medications. Our physicians and staff will work to explain your medications to you, as well as help you modify your lifestyle to avoid asthma triggers.
Place your health and your trust in experienced hands—see our Austin allergists for the most up-to-date asthma care