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Your Asthma

The more you know about your asthma, the better you can manage it. It is much easier to prevent asthma symptoms than to treat them after they begin.

Our goal at Dakota Allergy & Asthma is to identify the form of asthma you have, outline a plan to prevent asthma problems and treat symptoms, and educate you about your disease and treatments. Understanding the basics of your respiratory system will help.

What Is Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that mainly affects the bronchial tubes by blocking airflow through them.

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Asthma Symptoms

Individuals with asthma may experience asthma symptoms in different ways. Understanding your asthma will help you better manage your symptoms.

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Asthma Triggers

Most people with asthma have inflamed or swollen airways all the time. This makes the airways very sensitive to certain triggers. Triggers vary among people and include anything that causes asthma symptoms to flare. 

Microscopic view of asthma triggers

Diagnosing Asthma

If we believe you have asthma, we may perform a test to confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity of your asthma and identify your triggers. This allows us to make your asthma treatment plan and modify it as needed.

Test used in diagnosing asthma

Managing Asthma

The goal of asthma management is to achieve the best possible control of your asthma at all times with the least amount of side effects from asthma medication. With proper care and treatment, you can usually control your asthma and continue your normal activities.

Young girl at the doctor to treat her asthma

Everything You Need to Know About Asthma

become more familiar with your asthma and its treatment

People with well-controlled asthma can exercise, sleep well, and work or play without symptoms of asthma or serious side effects from their medications. If your asthma is not controlled, discuss this with your allergist. With the help of medical treatments and preventative measures, most people with asthma are able to lead active and fulfilling lives.