• Asthma

    Doctors at the UK Asthma, Allergy & Sinus Clinic are devoted to treating patients with allergic and immunologic disorders.

    Understanding asthma

    Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs and causes breathing problems. It is the most common long-term disease of children. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. It is with you all the time, but you may have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs.

    What happens during an asthma attack?

    People with asthma have sudden attacks when the airways in their lungs get narrower and breathing becomes more difficult. Airways are the paths that carry air to the lungs. During an attack, the sides of the airways in your lungs become inflamed and swollen. Muscles around the airways tighten, and less air passes in and out of the lungs. Excess mucus forms in the airways, clogging them even more. The attack, also called an episode, can include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and trouble breathing.

    If you or a loved one have symptoms of asthma or asthma attacks, we can help.

    Call 859-323-5365 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.

  • Symptoms

    Asthma symptoms are much like other respiratory problems such as emphysema, bronchitis and lower respiratory infections. These symptoms include:

    • Coughing
    • Wheezing
    • Chest tightness
    • Shortness of breath
  • Triggers

    • Allergens (animal dander, pollen, mold spores, dust, cockroach, etc.)
    • Cold air
    • Exercise
    • Infections
    • Cigarette smoke
    • Odors and fumes
    • Stress
  • Are you at risk for an asthma attack?

    Asthma most commonly occurs in:  

    • Children, by the age of 5
    • Adults in their 30s
    • Adults older than 65
    • People living in urban communities

    Other factors include:  

    • Family history of asthma
    • Personal medical history of allergies

    Children most susceptible to asthma attacks include the following: 

    • Children with a family history of asthma.
    • Infants and other young children who tend to have wheezing when they develop a respiratory infection.
    • Children who have allergies.
    • Children who have exposure to tobacco smoke and other allergens prior to birth.
  • Warning signs of asthma

    You or a loved one may have asthma if symptoms include:

    • Eczema and cough or wheezing (especially in children).
    • Frequent bronchitis in a non-smoker.
    • Chest symptoms at the end of a cold.
    • Symptoms of asthma at night or with exertion.
    • History of pneumonia.
    • Severe upper airway and sinus disease.
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