Creating an Asthma Treatment Plan

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Marie Cavuoto Petrizzo MD, FAAAI

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Coughing. Wheezing. Shortness of breath. Chest tightness. If you have experienced any of these symptoms on a recurrent basis, you may have been diagnosed with asthma.

Asthma is a chronic disease caused by inflammation of the lungs and tightening of the airways.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 million Americans experience asthma symptoms.

Diagnosing asthma is complicated, as not all asthma is the same. Some patients experience symptoms only with exercise. Others develop coughing and wheezing when exposed to allergens such as pet dander, dust, or pollen.  And then there are patients who have frequent or persistent symptoms affecting them several days a week, or even several times per day. While there is no cure for asthma, excellent treatments are available to reduce and eliminate these symptoms. Work with your doctor to create a treatment plan that fits your asthma and your life. Your treatment plan will lay out medical options for easing asthma symptoms, as well as lifestyle choices you can make to better manage your individual condition.

Getting a diagnosis of asthma can be scary and intimidating. But with a little understanding and the right treatment plan, you can learn to control your asthma and keep it from slowing you down.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 19, 2016

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