What I Wish My Patients Knew About Asthma Treatment


Marie Cavuoto Petrizzo MD, FAAAAI    

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Asthma is defined as recurrent episodes of airway inflammation and tightening. One out of every 12 Americans suffers from asthma. Asthmatics live with symptoms of breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. Unfortunately, the number of people developing asthma continues to grow. However, there are excellent treatments available for patients.

As an asthma specialist, there are a few things I wish my patients knew about their asthma treatment.

Asthma is a chronic disease.

In other words, patients with asthma live with this disease every day!  Some patients may only “feel” their asthma once a week, once a month or once a year. However, this does not mean that their asthma is not there when they have no symptoms. Flares of asthma can occur at any time, often triggered by an allergens, infection, irritants, weather changes, medications, stress, etc.

No one likes the coughing and sneezing that accompanies a cold—but with asthma, a little cold can become a big problem. Real asthma patients and specialists discuss how they cope when cold weather and cold symptoms get them down.

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

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