Asthma is a common condition in children that often continues into adulthood. If you or your child is having breathing difficulties because of asthma, Ava Satnick, MD, at Holbrook Health in Menlo Park, California, can help. Dr. Satnick specializes in using integrative medicine techniques to help young adults and children living with chronic health problems like asthma. To find out how she can help manage asthma, call Holbrook Health, or book an appointment online today.
When you have asthma, the airways carrying air into your lungs and back out are irritated and inflamed and become narrower. The muscles in your chest tighten, and cells in your airways start to create extra mucus.
The result of these changes is that it’s harder for air to flow in and out of your lungs. During an asthma attack, your breathing may become so restricted it causes a potentially life-threatening shortage of oxygen.
Around 24 million people have asthma in the United States, seven million of whom are children. The disease most often begins in childhood, and it’s increasingly common for it to continue into young adulthood.
It’s not clear why asthma develops, but there’s likely to be a genetic link. There’s no cure for asthma, but it’s a condition most people can manage well with the proper care.
Asthma causes symptoms such as:
Shortness of breath
The feeling of being unable to exhale or draw in enough breath during an asthma attack can be so stressful it causes increased muscle tension and makes you feel panicky. That is a difficult problem to manage, especially in younger children, but experiencing panic only makes it harder to breathe.
Conventional asthma treatments are very effective in managing the distressing symptoms of this disease. These treatments focus first on preventing asthma attacks and second on relieving your symptoms during an attack.
At Holbrook Health, Dr. Satnick might prescribe medication for you or your child to take every day and inhalers to give you fast relief should you have an asthma attack. Inhalers contain medication that you spray into your throat to help relax the muscles and open up your airways.
Dr. Satnick can also help you identify asthma triggers – the things that set off an attack or make your symptoms worse. These triggers are often allergens like dust, pet dander, mold spores, and pollen; they could also include other things like excessive stress or certain foods.
If exercise causes asthma attacks, she can help you explore how to manage exertion or discuss other activities that may not cause an attack.
If you know what’s likely to trigger an asthma attack, you can take steps to minimize your exposure and reduce the frequency of attacks. Learning relaxation techniques also helps, and breathing exercises can improve your lung health and muscle control.
If you or your child has symptoms of asthma, contact Holbrook Health for expert diagnosis and treatment. Call the office today or book an appointment online.