Understanding Asthma - McGovern Allergy And Asthma Clinic

Understanding Asthma

Asthma TreatmentWhat is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term lung condition that results from persistent inflammation of the airways. Both adults and children with asthma can have symptoms including shortness of breath, chest tightness or heaviness, wheezing, cough, and difficulty breathing induced by physical activity or allergen exposure. Asthma severity can range from a mild disease where patients experience symptoms intermittently, to severe disease where patients have daily limiting symptoms.


There are three major signs of asthma:

– Airway blockage and trouble breathing
– Inflammation of the lungs
– Airway irritability


Common Asthma Triggers

An asthma flare-up can be caused by “asthma triggers” and can vary from person to person. Common asthma triggers:
– Smoke
– Dust Mites
– Outdoor Air Pollution
– Pest (e.g., cockroaches, mice)
– Pets
– Mold
– Fumes from cleaning products



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Asthma Treatment

Our doctors will provide you comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plans to manage asthma, with the goal of controlling the underlying lung problem, resolving symptoms, and providing you with a better quality of life. They will determine the diagnosis, identify environmental triggers by allergy testing, perform lung function tests, teach proper use of maintenance and rescue inhalers, and provide individualized asthma action plans. They are up to date in providing newly approved medications for asthma.

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