Internist Questions Asthma

Is there a cure for asthma?

I have been suffering from asthma for over 6 years now. I'm tired of having issues breathing. Is there a cure or just treatment to reduce my symptoms?

11 Answers

Asthma is an immunological problem. So, you have to improve your immunity and stay away from triggering factors.
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There is no cure for asthma unfortunately. There are a number of bronchodilators and anti inflammatory medications that may be beneficial. Let your primary care physician know you would like to discuss your options.
There is no cure presently, however there are factors that can cause exacerbation such as allergens. It is helpful to check your probable allergens so you can abstain from them to prevent exacerbation of your asthma.
No, can be controlled and placed into remissions
Treatment for the management of your symptoms.
I wouldn't say that there is a cure for asthma but it is easily well managed. I think of asthma as an extension of allergies. When your body sees something, an allergen, irritant, chemical inhalant, cold air, deep breathing with exercise, viral infection, it sees it as foreign intruder and your immune system goes into gear. In the case of asthma the bronchioles or small airways in your lungs clamp down and get inflamed to help protect the delicate lobules which exchange air from being harmed by the foreign intruder. I see it as a defense mechanism. However, just like allergies, not everyone reacts the same way or to the same irritants. Those with asthma have an over exuberant response to different stimuli. In these cases the response can be detrimental to the person. That is why we treat asthma. In general we use medications (steroids) that tend to decrease the swelling and make the lung tissue less sensitive to irritants and direct openers of the bronchioles (albuterol). It is true that some people grow out of asthma as their reactivity to irritants decreases. Some people develop asthma as an adult as their reactivity increases. The good news is that with proper treatment you can live a normal life.
There may be certain triggers for your asthma flares. Identifying them and trying to avoid them may help. It could be anything from certain animals, certain scents (perfumes/colognes,), or plants/flowers.
That’s a wonderful question. I, like you, have asthma and on those days when it’s tough to breathe it would be wonderful if there was a way to be rid of the symptoms forever. Unfortunately, however, there is no cure for asthma. There are people who’s symptoms can go from being frequent to very infrequent, but symptoms can recur at any time. The good news is that there are a lot of new treatments for asthma that can help reduce the frequency of asthmatic symptoms. I recommend speaking to your primary care physician and discuss developing an “asthma action plan,” so you can learn how to decrease the frequency of your symptoms and how to modify your treatment based on your symptoms and their frequency.
There is no cure for asthma, however, symptoms can be usually controlled with the use of inhaled corticosteroids on a daily basis. This has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of asthma attacks and ER visits associated with asthma. Avoidance of triggers (such as allergens like animals dander, etc.) is also critically important. See your doctor to be optimally treated and diagnosed.

William Z. Cohen, M.D., F. A. A. F. P.
There are several stages of asthma. Sometimes it is seasonal; many patients with childhood asthma do not have it as adults. Sometimes, asthma is less active than other times. It is easily treated with medications. See your doctor.