Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. It can limit a person’s quality of life and in some incidences cause death. Asthma effects all ages, races and ethnicities. According to the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics (2017) over 18 million adults and 7 million children (younger than 18 years of age) suffer from Asthma. Asthma can be most detrimental to young children living below the poverty level.
Asthma is set off by triggers. Triggers that cause Asthma attacks include environmental factors; allergies (pets), pollen, mold, cigarette smoke and poor air quality. An asthma reaction is the bronchi (airways) spasms and constriction (tightening) while an increase of secretion (fluid) production occurs in the lungs. This makes it difficult for the body to properly exchange air (oxygen and CO2).
Our goal for patients is to be symptom free and that starts with education and training. Learning and avoiding asthma triggers is essential. Compliance and adherence to the use of inhalers and oral prescription will create a momentum towards stabilization. Caregivers and family members participation is crucial to Paragon’s Asthma treatment program; that strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for those impacted by this disease.