How do I know if I have asthma?
When you breathe in, air passes from your nose and mouth to
your lungs through a system of tubes referred to as airways or bronchial tubes. This is much like a tree trunk and
branches. The trunk is the windpipe
which branches off to smaller airways called bronchi. People with asthma will experience symptoms
of shortness of breath, wheezing, cough and chest tightness as a result of
extensive narrowing of the airways throughout both lungs.
Asthma symptoms can occur daily, weekly or infrequently and
range from mild to severe. This can be
very frightening to people with asthma as well as their families. There are an estimated 17 million people
living in the United States with self-reported asthma. It is extremely important to seek medical
attention for this illness. It is the
most common chronic illness among children and if left untreated or
under-treated, asthma may result in a significant reduction in quality of life,
with potential loss of lung function, exercise limitation, difficulty sleeping,
school or work absenteeism, costly emergency room visits and in a few cases,
The good news? Though
there is no cure for asthma, when properly diagnosed and treated with
medications, and when “triggers” are identified and avoided, the symptoms and permanent
affects of asthma can be greatly reduced, if not eliminated.
A board certified allergy and asthma specialist will diagnose
asthma after an extensive patient interview, physical exam and a lung function
test. The allergists at the Atlanta
Allergy & Asthma Clinic are specially trained to identify the triggers of
asthma and prescribe treatments allowing for a better quality of life.