Asthma and Allergic Asthma


What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways in the lungs. This inflammation causes what is typically known as an “asthma attack”, or an episode of difficulty breathing. During an “asthma attack”, bronchoconstriction or narrowing and thickening of the airway occurs. Asthma can be due to allergic causes and/or non-allergic causes. Allergic asthma is asthma that is triggered by allergens in the air.

Diagnosing and managing asthma in children, especially those under the age of 5 years, can be very difficult. Once diagnosed, avoiding triggers and using medications that treat and prevent asthma attacks are essential. Asthma attacks, also known as asthma exacerbations, can be severe and life threatening. These attacks are more common when asthma is not adequately controlled, but can also occur in patients that are already on medication. It is very important to develop an asthma action plan with your child’s physician in order to avoid severe flare-ups.

At CompreCare, we provide a variety of specialty therapies for asthma and allergic asthma. Please feel free to contact us at 1-888-644-8326 or email us at info@comprecarehealth.com to learn how we can help you.

What are the risk factors for asthma?

There are many risk factors and triggers that can cause asthma. Allergic asthma can be due to allergens in the air such as seasonal pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, animal allergens and food. Allergies may trigger asthma attacks in 60-90% of children and roughly 50% of adults.

Non-allergic factors can include environmental causes such as smoke, odors, cold air and weather. Other non-allergic causes include use of medications (aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs), chemicals, exercise, hormonal changes, viral infections and certain food additives. Asthma can also be associated with genetic susceptibility.

What are the symptoms of asthma?
In children under 5 years:
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tight uncomfortable feeling in the chest
  • Wheezing or a high-pitched whistle sound when exhaling
In children 5 years and up and adults:
  • Breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Cough
  • Chest tightness
Severe warning symptoms that require emergency room treatment:
  • Gasping for air
  • Trouble speaking because of obstruction and restricted breathing
  • Forceful breathing that contracts the abdomen in under the ribs
How is asthma diagnosed?

Asthma can be diagnosed through several assessments and tests. First, it is important to examine when and where these symptoms occur. It is important to note the presence of pets in the home, moisture or dampness in the home, mold or musty odors and cockroach exposure. Allergen exposure can also occur at school or daycare, so it is important to take note where exactly symptoms are occurring. Evaluation and diagnosis by a proper medical professional may include ruling out other medical conditions, performing pulmonary function tests, chest x-rays and allergen-related skin and inhalation tests.

How is asthma treated?

Asthma is treated in a variety of ways. It is important to first remove your child from possible allergens that may be exacerbating his or her symptoms. If your doctor suspects your child has asthma, he or she will generally prescribe a short-acting inhaler or oral medications as a trial treatment. Children with more severe or regular symptoms may require long-term management with medications and an ongoing treatment plan. Possible medications may include inhaled bronchodilators, inhaled or oral corticosteroids and other inhaled and oral medications. Older children (≥6-12 years) with moderate to severe allergic asthma who are uncontrolled with inhaled corticosteroids may require specialty medications that target the immune-related cause of allergic asthma.

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-asthma/in-depth/asthma-in-children/art-20044376
http://ginasthma.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/GINA_Pocket_2015.pdf
https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/137501-overview#a27

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CompreCare can accept electronic prescriptions as well as original prescriptions through the mail. Faxed prescriptions must come from your physician’s office only. CompreCare will verify all new controlled substance prescriptions with your physician’s office for validity.

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