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By Texas Regional Asthma & Allergy Center
November 20, 2019
Category: Asthma
Tags: Allergies   asthma  

Are you suffering from breathing problems? Could it be asthma or allergies? Here at Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center in Fort AsthmaWorth and Southlake, Texas, we specialize in treating a wide range of respiratory and allergic conditions. Contact us to address your breathing and allergy issues – today!

More About Asthma

In asthma, the small airways of the lungs are inflamed and narrowed. This inflammation and narrowing make breathing difficult. And asthma can be deadly: every day, more than 10 Americans die from asthma attacks.

Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness or pain in your chest
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping

Triggers for asthma include allergens (pollens, molds/fungus, dust mites, animal dander), weather changes, and irritants such as smoke, strong smells, and ozone. Exercise can also be a major asthma trigger. Treatments for asthma include quick-relief inhalers, inhaled long-term control medications, and oral therapies. Allergic asthma can be additionally treated with subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy (“allergy shots”), sublingual allergen immunotherapy (“allergy drops”), or biologic injections.

Don’t trust your health to the internet: if you are experiencing breathing problems or allergies, contact your friendly, local Fort Worth or Southlake allergist at Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center for a personalized evaluation today!

Questions? Concerns? Interested in learning more about the treatment options available for asthma and allergies? Call us today at Texas Regional Asthma & Allergy Center, conveniently located in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas: (817)-421-0770, www.traac.org.

By Texas Regional Asthma & Allergy Center
January 15, 2019
Category: Asthma
Tags: Healthcare  

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are respiratory conditions that reduce airflow in and of the lungs. While they often exhibit similar symptoms, asthma and COPD are different, and patients require different management for optimal functioning. Physicians at Woodridge Clinic see many patients with asthma and COPD and teach that consistent at-home use of medications and proactive therapies to help individuals reduce symptoms and feel better.

Asthma Management

Because asthma is largely the lungs' inflammatory response to exercise, cold weather, allergens, and stress, controlling these factors is key to good pulmonary function. Common asthma medications include inhaled or nebulized bronchodilators for sudden symptoms of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, and daily inhaled corticosteroids reduce swelling of lung tissues and promote easier excursion of air.

Southlake & Keller Clinic physicians encourage asthmatics to be consistent with their medications and to:

  • engage in aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, and biking to open airways, increase lung function and fight depression
  • build endurance with weight training
  • avoid known allergens
  • use whole house air filters
  • stay indoors on days of increased air pollution
  • keep a diary of symptoms
  • monitor lung function at home with a Peak Flow Meter
  • keep their physicians informed of changes in symptoms

COPD Management

The lung damage from COPD is irreversible. However, proper management slows its progression and allows patients to live longer and better with their disease. Of course, doctors at Southlake & Keller Clinics advise their COPD patients to stop smoking as smoking, in addition to environmental factors such as air pollution, is directly related to the incidence of COPD. While it is the third leading cause of preventable death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of COPD such as coughing, wheezing, chronic bronchitis, increased mucous production and exercise intolerance are treatable.

Common treatments for COPD include:

  • use of bronchodilators, beta-blockers and corticosteroids
  • pulmonary rehab which includes supervised aerobic exercise, breathing strategies and nutritional and medication counseling
  • use of supplemental oxygen
  • ways to conserve energy
  • smoking cessation
  • avoidance of lung irritants such as outdoor pollution, pet dander, household chemicals and fragrances

The National Lung, Heart and Blood Institute states that consistent treatment, especially pulmonary rehabilitation, greatly improves the quality of life for COPD patients.

Lung Patients Have Options

Individuals dealing with asthma or COPD should not live in isolation. The professional team at Southlake & Keller Clinics encourages patients to be proactive about their conditions and to communicate with their health care providers regularly. Contact our Southlake (817)-421-0770 or Keller (817)-421-0770 Clinic locations for an appointment.

For more information on Asthma and COPD Management, call Texas Reginal Asthma & Allergy Center in Southlake or Keller, TX at (817)-421-0770!



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Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center

Southlake Office

900 E Southlake Blvd
Ste 300
Southlake, TX 76092-6376
Ph: (817) 421-0770
Fax: (817) 421-4759

Fort Worth/Keller Office 

4312 Heritage Trace Pkwy
Ste 708
Fort Worth, TX 76244
Ph:(817) 421-0770
Fax:(817) 562-5008