Asthma

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Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in New Albany, MS

If you or your child suffers from wheezing, shortness of breath, and other disruptive asthma symptoms, you can count on expert care from the medical team at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi. The team offers diagnostic tests to identify asthma and customized treatment plans to help you and your family control your symptoms and improve your overall health. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic health condition that causes inflammation in the airways of your lungs, known as bronchi. If you have asthma, your bronchi are continuously swollen and your symptoms may increase or become more severe if you come into contact with an airborne allergen, such as pollen or dust.

Asthma causes symptoms that include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and a tight feeling in your chest. When you have an asthma attack, your symptoms suddenly and unexpectedly become worse, and you may experience feelings of anxiety or panic because you can’t breathe correctly.

There’s no cure for asthma, but with the proper medical care you can control your symptoms and lead a healthy and active life.

What Causes Asthma?

The precise cause of asthma isn’t fully understood. However, physicians and medical researchers have identified several factors that contribute to your risk of developing asthma. For example, your genetics and family medical history can indicate your risk of asthma — if one of your parents has asthma, you are more likely to develop the condition as well. Also, if you have allergies or suffer from frequent respiratory infections, you have a higher risk of asthma.

How is Asthma Diagnosed?

The team at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic diagnoses asthma in both children and adults. In most cases, you make an appointment because of your symptoms. Your provider listens to your lungs and performs lung function tests, such as spirometry, to measure how much air is moving in and out of your lungs.

How is Asthma Treated?

The team at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic offers customized treatment plans to help you manage your asthma. Your treatment plan may include lifestyle modifications and medication to control your symptoms.

You may benefit from adding moderate exercise to your daily habits to strengthen your lungs. You can also take steps to reduce your exposure to allergens, such as dust, pet dander, and pollen.

Your provider may also prescribe medication to help keep your airways open. Asthma medication is often provided in an inhaler that delivers the drug directly to your lungs where it opens your airways. Depending on your symptoms, you may have an inhaler that you need to use every day or an inhaler to use on an as-needed basis.

If you’re concerned about asthma for either yourself or your child, call the practice or make an appointment online today.