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Asthma is a chronic lung disease with no known cure. However, asthmatics can lead active lives by identifying asthma triggers and sticking to a treatment plan. People of all ages are impacted by asthma, but it usually starts in childhood.
Symptoms can occur daily, weekly, or infrequently, and they can range from mild to severe. It’s not unusual for symptoms to get worse at night.
It’s important to get medical care for asthma. It’s the most common chronic illness in children. Left untreated or under-treated, it can lead to a significant reduction in quality of life. Lack of proper treatment can lead to:
Asthma diagnosis is based on medical history, a physical exam, and certain tests. This diagnosis helps the allergist develop a treatment plan. Asthma also has a strong genetic component. So, if you have asthma, chances are someone else in your family has it, too.
Treatment for asthma can include:
These fast-acting medications relieve sudden symptoms by relaxing muscle spasms in the airways. Albuterol inhalers are a common type of reliever medicine.
These medications provide long-term control of symptoms. They also prevent future symptoms by reducing inflammation in the airways. Inhaled steroids are a common type of controller medicine.
Allergies impact up to 80% of kids and 70% of adults with asthma. So, treating allergies is often the first step in an asthma treatment plan.
Many lung conditions are related to allergies and asthma. These include exercise-induced asthma, cough, and vocal cord dysfunction, which can masquerade as asthma.
At KCAA, we know every patient is unique. We develop personalized treatment programs that address your specific needs. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 913-491-5501.
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