Asthma is a chronic complex condition that if not treated appropriately can lead to severe complications. OBA specializes in the treatment of asthma and will get you on the right treatment program to live a healthy active life.

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Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma symptoms occur due to airways that are inflamed and narrowed resulting in a combination of swelling, increased mucus production and bronchial muscle tightening.

• Chronic cough
• Wheezing
• Chest tightness or pressure
• Shortness of breath

What Triggers Asthma Symptoms

Oak Brook Allergists will perform a detailed clinical history and thorough physical examination to determine your asthma triggers. Knowing and understanding your triggers is essential in formulating the right preventative asthma treatment plan for you. Some common triggers of asthma:

• Allergens – pollens, mold, dust mites, pet dander
• Upper respiratory infections – common colds, flu, sinus infections
• Irritants – smoke, perfumes, chemicals, household cleaning products, air pollution
• Exercise

Test For Accurate Diagnosis

It is important to get an early and accurate diagnosis for asthma, to develop a personalized treatment plan to help manage your asthma and prevent attacks. Some of the possible tests are:

• Pulmonary function test (PFT) – measures your lung function
• Allergy skin testing
• Methacholine challenge – can help determine if you do or do not have asthma
• Blood testing – certain blood tests can help determine the type of asthma you may have

Personalized Treatment Plan

Starting an early treatment plan, will help protect the long-term health of your lungs. The main goal of asthma treatment is to keep you healthy, active and enjoying life to the fullest.

OBA specializes in the use of the newer class of drugs used to treat asthma; these are referred to as “biologics”. There are several available at this time, and more are actively under development.