Asthma specialist in Elgin answers, ‘Does Asthma Have a Cure?’

Asthma specialist in Elgin answers, ‘Does Asthma Have a Cure?’

Asthma is a disease that can be kept in check to a significant extent. For most patients, the current treatments are so effective in controlling it, that it is nearly as good as a virtual cure. You should choose a good asthma specialist in Elgin to treat the condition in a safe and effective way.

However, it is important to know that asthma does not have a cure in the same way as, for instance, pneumonia. It cannot be eliminated permanently with the currently available treatments. It is becoming clear to researchers that there are various categories of asthma – and they vary in their appearance and origin.

Despite that, the primary condition of asthma – as understood by researchers presently – is the heightened sensitivity of the nasal passage to various agents. The agents can be:

  • Respiratory viruses (the virus causing the common cold)
  • Air pollutants (ozone, the smoke of cigarettes)
  • Airborne allergens (animal dander, pollens from flowers and molds)
  • Physical exertion in cold and dry atmosphere

These agents, known as triggers, produce an inflammatory reaction in the nasal passage which, consequently produce common symptoms of cough, gasping, greater mucus generation, and panting.

Successfully controlling asthma requires curbing the inflammation in the air passage and stopping the symptoms.

The most success that patients have had in controlling asthma is through the application of preventive medication, supervised by a knowledgeable doctor. This has been possible only because such effective medicines have been developed and are within our reach. By isolating patients from the known triggers, such as dust, grime, smoke from cigarettes, antigens, and animal dander from pets such as cats and dogs, the airway inflammation can be considerably minimized.

Another efficient technique to prevent inflamed passages is using a specific medicine. This is done either on a regular basis during a season (for severe asthma patients, the fall season is the worst), or even throughout the year.

Perhaps the most potent answer to preventing asthma is a family of corticosteroids. These medicines are inhaled and are administered to the body either by a pressurized bottle or dry powder dispensers.

They are the most popularly used medication and are probably the reason why asthma is under better control in the recent times. Because these medications are administered straight to the air passage through inhaling, they do not come in contact with any other body parts, as opposed to taking orally. This helps in minimizing their side effects.

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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.