May is National Asthma Month and each year thousands of people are hospitalized or seek emergency medical attention due to asthma. Some of the most common symptoms of asthma are difficulty breathing, chest tightness, coughing, or wheezing. However, some people may only develop a chronic cough and many cases of asthma go undiagnosed or untreated. One of the biggest struggles with treating asthma is identifying what may be triggering it. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Exposure to Allergens – pollen, dust, mold, feathers, animal dander and some foods can all trigger an episode of asthma.
  • Viral Infections
  • Exercise –With proper monitoring and treatment, most people with asthma benefit from an exercise program.
  • Emotional Stress
  • Weather Conditions – Sudden changes in the weather can trigger asthma reactions, as can cold, windy weather.
  • Asthma is a chronic lung disease, but with the proper treatment and care by your board certified allergist, many people are not limited by their asthma.

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