Did you know that even people with asthma can still breathe easily? All it takes is a proactive management plan. The team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan provides custom asthma treatments based on your symptoms. Their plans feature medication and other techniques that help reduce your symptoms and prevent future flare-ups, allowing you to breathe easily. If you're interested in controlling your asthma more effectively, call the office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, or request an appointment online today.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that is caused by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs. These spasms cause tissue lining to become irritated and inflamed.
When breathing becomes significantly restricted due to an airway being "squeezed," it's called an asthma attack. Asthma also causes your respiratory system to become clogged with excessive mucus, making it harder to breathe.
Asthma's severity -- along with the severity of asthma attacks -- varies by patient. Some people with asthma find it difficult to breathe on a daily basis, while others only show symptoms during an attack.
Asthma attacks cause symptoms like:
Asthma attacks have some common triggers, including dust, extreme temperatures, pollen, smoke, chemicals, other irritants, or intense exercise.
Although researchers haven't found asthma's ultimate cause, specific risk factors exacerbate a patient's likelihood of having or developing asthma:
Regardless of what's causing your asthma, the providers at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan can help you or your child find relief from your symptoms.
Asthma doesn't have a cure yet, but you can manage its symptoms and live comfortably.
Most patients with asthma use a portable inhaler -- often referred to as a rescue inhaler -- that stops an attack from continuing. Portable inhalers are easily carried in a purse or pocket and dispense medication when the pump mechanism is activated, which you inhale through a mouthpiece.
Beyond using an inhaler, your physician may suggest lifestyle changes. These can include an exercise plan, weight loss plan, thinking of creative ways to be more active, and finding ways to avoid asthma attack triggers like pollen or dust.
If you're experiencing asthma symptoms, or you just want to get a better handle on controlling your flare-ups, the skilled team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan can help. Call the office or request an appointment online today.