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Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways of the lungs. Asthma can cause airways to narrow and swell and create additional mucus. Asthma sufferers may experience airflow obstruction and bronchospasm, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. Asthma is a disease that varies greatly from person to person as some sufferers may experience only occasional bouts at minor levels while others may have severe asthma attacks that constrict breathing and could be life-threatening.

Common Signs of Asthma

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Tightness
  • Trouble Sleeping (due to shortness of breath, wheezing, and/or coughing)
  • Wheezing Sound when Exhaling
  • Whistling Sound when Exhaling
  • Wheezing and/or Coughing Attacks Exacerbated by a Cold or The Flu

Situations or Irritants that May Exacerbate Asthma

  • Occupational Asthma (irritants such as gases, dust, or chemical fumes)
  • Exercise-related Asthma (cold and/or dry air)
  • Allergy-related Asthma (pollen, mold spores)
  • Allergy-related Asthma (cockroach waste or pet dander)

Treatment

While there is no cure for asthma unfortunately, it can be controlled and minimized. There are multiple ways to help minimize or prevent asthma attacks. Let's consider some of these below:

Take Control of Your Condition

Acceptance of your asthma as a lifelong condition will help you to make a plan with your doctor for care and treatment. Manage your medication, control your environment as best as possible, and take control of your asthma.

Vaccinate

Influenza and pneumonia can often trigger intense asthma flare-ups, so remember to stay current on all your vaccinations.

Avoid Specific Asthma Triggers

Whether your trigger is pollen or mold, cold air, or air pollution, be in the know about your triggers and make plans to avoid them as much as possible. Keep a check on your breathing and flow, and act early if you feel an attack coming on. By careful observation, you can be sure to take your medication early and regularly as directed by your doctor, and thus help to fend off the severity of your asthma.

Avoid Dependence on Inhalers

Reaching for your inhaler too often could be a sign that your asthma is worsening, if you find that you are becoming dependent on your inhaler, talk to your doctor and reassess your treatment plan.

Compounding for Asthma

Your compounding pharmacist can create custom medications to the exact specifications of your doctor. Many times medications can be combined for ease of use, crafted at more specific dosages needed, and made without harmful fillers/dyes/sugars. Compounding pharmacists are skilled and educated in medical ingredients and can work directly with your doctor to tailor medications just for you, specific to your needs, targeted for your condition.

  • "It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know."

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA