Asthma Clinic

ASTHMA CLINIC FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS

Asthma is a common lung condition that leads to the swelling and narrowing of airways and an increased production of mucus. An estimated 25.7 million Americans, including 7 million children, suffer from asthma.

For many, asthma is a minor nuisance that requires them to be aware of their surroundings and carry an inhaler. For others, it is a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening problems if not properly managed.

At Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinic, our experienced team of doctors can help with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of asthma and its accompanying symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Asthma?

Depending on the severity of your asthma and the conditions that can trigger an attack, your symptoms will be different from other asthma sufferers’ symptoms. Some common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Whistling or wheezing sound when breathing

  • A feeling of tightness in the chest

  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing

  • Coughing or wheezing attacks made worse by respiratory conditions, such as a cold

If you already know you have asthma but have noticed your symptoms worsening, it may be time to talk to your doctor about better asthma management. Some signs of a worsening case of asthma include:

  • More frequent & bothersome signs and symptoms of asthma

  • Increased need for a quick-relief inhaler

  • Increased difficulty breathing, usually measured on a peak-flow meter

For some sufferers, asthma symptoms only flare up under certain conditions. Some possible triggers include:

  • Exercise: Running or playing sports can trigger difficulty breathing, especially when the air is cold or dry.

  • Occupational: Working around irritants such as chemical fumes or dust can trigger asthma symptoms.

  • Allergies: If you have allergies to airborne particles, such as pollen, mold spores, or pet dander, it can increase your asthma symptoms.

Who Gets Asthma?

Asthma can occur in anyone at any age. However, more than half of diagnosed asthma cases occur in children aged 2 to 17, with more boys suffering from asthma than girls.

Some other risk factors for the development of asthma include:

  • Having a blood relative, such as a parent or sibling, with asthma

  • Having another allergic condition, such as seasonal allergies

  • Being overweight

  • Being a smoker

  • Being exposed to secondhand smoke

  • Being exposed to exhaust fumes or other pollution

  • Being exposed to occupational asthma triggers, such as chemicals or dust

How Is Asthma Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma. However, with proper instruction from a specialist, many people find their asthma symptoms are manageable with medications and lifestyle changes.

In order to live life as asthma-free as possible, it’s important to carefully follow any care plan you and your doctor have outlined. This includes avoiding certain situations, taking any prescribed medications, and carrying your quick-relief inhaler at all times. You also can help decrease your chances of an asthma attack by:

  • Getting vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia. Contracting these conditions can make your asthma worse.

  • Monitor your breathing. Learn the signs and symptoms that you’re heading for an asthma attack and take necessary steps to help yourself.

  • Identify & avoid your triggers. If pollen season sets you wheezing, avoid outdoor activities when the pollen count is high. The same goes for if you’re triggered by other factors - pollution, secondhand smoke, or dust, for example.

  • Continue to take your medication. Even if it seems that your asthma is under control, it’s never a good idea to change things up without talking to your doctor first.

  • Notice your inhaler use. If you’re relying more frequently on your quick-relief inhaler, your asthma is not under control. Talk to your doctor about making some changes to your routine to help get your asthma back under control.

  • Treat attacks early. If you feel an asthma attack coming on, get help quickly. Asthma attacks can quickly spiral out of control, and the earlier you seek treatment, the less medication you’ll need to get it under control.

Experienced Asthma Treatment in Jackson, Ridgeland, Oxford, Meridian, & D’Iberville, MS

At Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinics, we’re committed to helping you live your life as free from the symptoms of asthma as possible. Our experienced team of doctors are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of asthma, and we work with you to find a treatment plan that manages your symptoms while disrupting your life as little as possible.

With five convenient locations across Mississippi, MSAAC provides top-notch care to patients of all ages. If you believe you suffer from asthma, contact our office today for an appointment!