What is Asthma ?

Massachusetts Allergy and Asthma SocietyAsthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.

How Can Allergists Make a Difference? Allergists Are…

  • Investigators in identifying offending allergens that are important in destabilizing asthma.
  • Counselors for patients and their parents in terms of limiting exposure to these allergens.
  • Educators in explaining to caregivers, the nature of asthma, the mechanism of asthma medications, the correct use of medication and what constitutes adequate asthma control.
  • Experts in evaluating and treating asthmatics with both conventional medications as well as immune modulators including allergy shots.
  • Responsible for documented decreases in health care costs and improved asthma control and outcomes including decreased ER visits.

What are our concerns?

All patients and especially children with asthma need to have continued access to asthma specialty care. Access to allergists has been threatened by budget cuts in some states resulting in poor asthma outcomes.

Contact your legislator and demand that access to asthma specialty care be preserved.