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Asthma Specialist

Advanced Allergy Associates

Cheryl Williams, M.D.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Physician located in New Orleans, LA

As many as 25 million, or one in 13 Americans, suffer from asthma. This inflammatory condition that causes swelling of the airways can be diagnosed and controlled with proper therapy and management offered at Advanced Allergy Associates by Cheryl Williams, MD. Find relief from asthma-related wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath; call the New Orleans, Louisiana, office today or use the online tool to request an appointment.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that results in the swelling of the airways that carry air from your mouth and nose to your lungs. Asthma symptoms and attacks are triggered by allergens or irritants. These compounds can cause additional airway swelling and mucus production, making breathing even more difficult. 

Proper treatment and preventive measures help you manage the condition, minimize attacks, and inhibit worsening. At Advanced Allergy Associates, Dr. Williams takes the time to educate you about asthma and helps you understand what you can do to control symptoms.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms vary in intensity from mild to severe. Without treatment, however, they can worsen over time.

Some common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Chest tightness and pain
  • Difficulty sleeping due to coughing 

Symptoms will vary in response to specific triggers, but some people experience asthma symptoms chronically. 

What triggers asthma?

Asthma can be due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Asthma triggers vary according to the person, but some are more common than others. 

If you have asthma, the following may trigger asthma or make your symptoms worse: 

  • Airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, or mold
  • Physical activity
  • Pet dander
  • Smoke or other air pollutants
  • Respiratory infection like a cold or flu
  • Stress
  • Extremely hot or cold environments
  • Certain medications

What is the treatment for asthma?

Asthma has no cure and it’s a lifelong condition that requires the support and management from a qualified provider. 

Prevention of asthma attacks is the primary focus of asthma treatment at Advanced Allergy Associates. Your specific treatment plan is customized to the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, and your asthma triggers.

To treat and manage your asthma, Dr. Williams may recommend:

  • Short-acting rescue inhalers
  • Long-term asthma control medication
  • Allergy medication
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Biologics (a new injection medication for asthma)

If you have symptoms of asthma or have been diagnosed with asthma in the past, call Advanced Allergy Associates for evaluation and treatment. You can also use the online tool to book an appointment.