Asthma, allergies, and eczema are genetically linked, meaning that you are more likely to have 1 of these disorders if you have another.

Asthma is a genetic condition that results in the small airways of the lungs being sensitive to things that stress the lungs.

Things that stress the lungs include environmental allergens, cold air, exercise, and pollutants in the air.

When people with asthma are exposed to these stressors, their small airways get even smaller, making it difficult to breathe.

There are 2 components of asthma:
– Tightening of muscles around the airways
– Clogging of the airways with inflammatory cells.

Asthma treatment is 3-fold:

1. Prevention (via avoidance or developing tolerance to allergens through immunotherapy).

2. Inhaling a medicine that relaxes the tight small airway muscles, called a bronchodilator.

3. Inhaling (and sometimes receiving orally or with a shot) a medicine that gets the cells clogging the airways to go away, called a corticosteroid.

Some patients need all 3 of these, and others need 1 or 2. It is important to see an allergist to figure out what to do to reduce and treat asthma symptoms, since not breathing well is a serious problem!

Testing can be done in your allergist’s office to see how much air you are moving through your lungs, and how quickly you are able to move air. This testing, called spirometry, is very helpful in determining whether you have asthma.

Fancy medicines, called biologics, which specifically target certain cells involved in asthma, are now available for those who don’t get better with the more conventional treatment options. Allergists know all about whether any of these medications might be appropriate, and if so, can prescribe them.

Let Juniper Allergy help

If you suffer from Asthma our team is happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your specific treatment needs. You can call (210) 888-1297 or email to discuss the next steps.

Author: Dr. Amanda Trott, MD
NPI number: 1568653756
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