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Children and adults with asthma can improve their quality of life and minimize their symptoms by first identifying their triggers and then developing an action plan that includes avoidance measures.
Some common triggers for asthma include:
House dust mites, animal dander, molds, pollen, cockroach droppings or foods
Tobacco smoke, which is an irritant that often aggravates asthma
Bacterial and viral infections such as a common cold and sinusitis
Exposure to cold, dry air
Medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Beta Blockers (blood pressure medications) can cause or worsen asthma
Certain foods can trigger wheezing in some people
Emotional anxiety may also increase your asthma symptoms and trigger an attack
Frequent and Recurrent Infections
Board-certified allergists are specially trained in the management of asthma.
Treatment and Management:
Develop an Asthma Action Plan
Carefully select medications that are safe and effective
Partner with the patient, family and other care givers so that everybody is on board
Follow-up once your asthma is controlled and reevaluate periodically to make sure the medications are helping
Well managed asthma and your ability to participate in routine activities without limitation is our goal
By visiting an allergist, you can expect an accurate diagnosis, a treatment plan that works and educational information to help you manage your disease.
(Information only; not intended to replace medical advice; adapted from AAAAI)