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Asthma is a respiratory disease that makes breathing difficult and can bring on attacks of coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 25 million Americans have it and one of every 10 children have it.
With that in mind, when CareDash.com, a leading patient-advocacy website, wanted an expert to talk about the disease, they turned to the Lung Institute’s senior medical director, Dr. Jack Coleman. As an expert in the field of lung diseases, he provided important and timely information to help asthma sufferers understand the disease, learn about treatments, prevention and lifestyle changes that may help them breathe easier.
“Often asthma is given various names depending on the type of stimulus: allergic asthma, exercise-induced asthma, cold-air asthma and reactive asthma to name the most common, ” said Dr. Coleman.
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Dr. Coleman notes that symptoms often begin in children, and boys are more likely to develop asthma as girls, though by age 40, women develop it more than men.
He suggests asthma testing is important and one of the best ways to determine what triggers asthma symptoms is allergy skin testing.
“This allows for accurate desensitization or immunotherapy treatment and can assist patients and family in what to avoid or eliminate from the patient’s environment,” said Dr. Coleman.
He states that the goals of treatment are:
- Control and minimize symptoms
- Improve quality of life
- Decrease exacerbations
- Decrease inflammation
- Decrease long-term effects
“Fortunately, with proper treatment and precautions, most asthma, especially in children, will get better over time,” said Dr. Coleman.
Dr. Coleman recommends taking steps to reduce allergen exposures. This could include avoiding outdoor exercise on high-pollen days, avoid owning or spending time with pets if they are triggers, and quit smoking or avoid being around people who smoke.
Although there is no cure for asthma, taking medications and making lifestyle changes can help control symptoms. Scheduling a visit with your primary care doctor or specialist is a good first step.
Dr. Jack Coleman is the senior medical director of the Lung Institute. He is based in Nashville, Tenn.
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