Types of medications used in the asthma care for Crystal Lake residents

Types of medications used in the asthma care for Crystal Lake residents

Asthma is a common occurrence affecting up to 10 percent of the population and that number continues to rise. The condition, which causes inflammation of the airways, can cause a wide range of symptoms including wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightening. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates, we have years of experience delivering excellent asthma care which helps alleviate symptoms for patients in the Crystal Lake area.

Asthma can be hereditary, meaning children who have one or both asthmatic parents have an increased risk of developing asthma. It can also be worsened by various triggers such as exposure to allergens, certain medications, irritants, infections, and obesity.

Treatment and may include allergen avoidance, medication, and immunotherapy.

Because inflammation of the airways is the main problem with asthma, anti-inflammatory medications is one of the key forms of treatment. Those with mild asthma do not typically require daily anti-inflammatory medication, while those with moderate to severe will need daily medication.

Types of medication include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
    • Inhaled Steroids
      • Decreases swelling of airways
      • Prevents scarring
      • Improves symptoms
      • Decreases hospitalizations
      • Decreases mortality
    • Leukotriene Modifiers
      • Inhibit the ability for leukotrienes to constrict airways
    • Oral steroids
      • Decrease airway inflammation
      • Typically, only for severe asthma
      • May only need short bursts during asthma attacks
  • Bronchodilators
    • Long-acting bronchodilators
      • Work by relaxing muscles around airways for up to 12 hours
      • Meant to be used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory drugs
      • Typically taken twice daily, every day
    • Short-acting bronchodilators (rescue inhalers)
      • Relaxes muscles around airways for 4-6 hours
      • Take effect within 5 minutes
      • Every asthmatic should have one in case of attack

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Amy Schack, a distinguished board-certified Physician Associate, brings a wealth of expertise to patient care. Specializing in allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, and rashes, Amy is renowned for her commitment to excellence and compassionate approach. With a background in immediate care and orthopedics, she holds a Master's in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. A member of esteemed professional associations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Amy Schack instills confidence, ensuring you can trust her unwavering dedication to your health and well-being.

Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, Ascension Health, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.