At The Compounding Lab we are a compounding pharmacy that compound many preparations that support and assist in creating wellness for improving asthma symptoms.
Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. Bronchi are the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, your bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.
Contact with something that irritates your lungs causes your airways to become narrow, the muscles around them tighten, and the production of sticky mucus (phlegm) increases. These irritants are known as triggers and differ from person to person, with some asthmatics having several triggers. Common triggers include house dust mites, animal fur, pollen, tobacco smoke, exercise, cold air, and chest infections.
The cause of asthma is not fully understood, although it is known to run in families.
Signs and Symptoms:
The severity of asthma symptoms varies from person to person. Leading symptoms of asthma are:
- difficulty breathing
- wheezing and coughing
- a tight chest
A severe onset of symptoms is known as an asthma attack or an 'acute asthma exacerbation'. Asthma attacks may require hospital treatment and can sometimes be life-threatening, although this is rare.
Getting a diagnosis
Our practitioners can assess your asthma based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and test results. Your treatment will depend on whether your asthma is intermittent, mild, moderate, or severe. It may be recommended that you see an asthma specialist if you have severe asthma.
While there is no cure for asthma, there are a number of treatments that can help effectively control the condition. Treatment is based on two important goals:
- relieving symptoms
- preventing future symptoms and attacks from developing
Treatment and prevention involves a combination of medicines, lifestyle advice, and identifying then avoiding potential asthma triggers.