Asthma and Allergies
The same specialist commonly treats asthma and allergies because they are very often related. Although there are several types of asthma, over 50% of the cases of asthma are allergy related.
In normal conditions, air is aspirated through the nose and windpipe into the bronchial tubes, and into the lungs. The alveoli (small air sacs) in the lungs receive oxygen from the air and from there it is absorbed into the blood system, which takes it to the rest of the body. At the same time, waste (carbon dioxide) is brought by the blood system into the alveoli where it is released outside the body through the nose.
During an asthma attack, the flow of air is blocked or constricted and this causes the person to have problems breathing. This can be due to narrowing of the airways or to the overproduction of mucus that blocks the airways.
As of today, there is no cure for asthma. However, there are precautions you can take to reduce and treatments to manage the symptoms and allow you to live a normal life. The Bahamas has many specialists to help:
- Get your asthma under control
- Design and help you follow a short, medium, and long-term action plans
- Identify and help you avoid your asthma triggers
- Identify and help you avoid your asthma inducers
- Prescribe appropriate asthma medications
- Teach you what to do in an asthma emergency