Asthma

Asthma is a lung disease causing a person’s airways to narrow and swell with mucus. Asthma affects

5-8% of the population and can develop at any time in life. It can be  accompanied by environmental

allergies, such as hay fever, eczema, and food allergies. Asthma symptoms can occur a few times each

year or as often as everyday. 

Common Symptoms of Asthma:

  • wheezing

  • coughing

  • shortness of breath

  • chest tightness

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To confirm an asthma diagnosis, Dr. Wolff will perform a thorough medical evaluation and lung function testing, like spirometry, taking into consideration your symptoms, triggers, previous response to therapy, and environmental and family history. Unlike other lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive lung disease (also known as COPD), emphysema, the airway obstruction in asthma is reversible when properly treated.

 

Asthma treatment can include allergen treatment, such as allergy shots and bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory

medications (like inhalers), which relax lung muscle spasms and clear excessive mucus. 

 

If you have shortness of breath with physical exertion or at rest, wheezing, cough or feel that you suffer from asthma, call 313-871-7572 to schedule an appointment today.