Asthma is a condition where airways become inflamed, causing patients of all ages to face difficulty in breathing. The severity of this disorder can be mild, severe or anywhere in between.

Asthma cannot be cured, but symptoms can be controlled.

Our lung specialists can provide the right medication to treat your asthma and help you design a plan to avoid asthma triggers.


Some people experience asthma symptoms every day, while others may go days or weeks without having any symptoms. Others may only experience asthma during exercise or when they have a viral infection like a cold.

In general, breathing is difficult and can trigger:

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing (a whistling sound) with each breath
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or tightness


To help prevent an asthma attack, it is important to identify your triggers and learn how you can avoid them. Some common causes include:

  • Certain perfumes
  • Having a cold
  • Pollen
  • Pollution
  • Smoke exposure
  • Stress
  • Weather changes


Symptoms may change over time, so it is important to track your symptoms and work with an expert to adjust your treatment as needed.

Medications can help you manage your symptoms, as can avoiding triggers that cause asthma attacks.

Lung specialists at UM Capital Region Health will work with you to identify your triggers and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Call 240-677-3000 to schedule an appointment.