Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
  • Symptoms: Coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
  • Triggers: Dust mites, pollen, molds, cockroaches, animal dander, cigarette smoke, irritants.

Treatment

  • Controller Medications: Controller medications are medications taken on an everyday basis to decrease inflammation in the airway and decrease asthma attacks in the future.
  • Reliever Medications: Reliever medications are fast acting inhalers. The mainstay treatment for asthma is use of inhaled corticosteroids. These are the optimal medications for long term control.