Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways (bronchial tubes). The result is difficulty breathing. This airway constriction can be controlled with proper medical care. Understanding your triggers and how asthma makes you feel can empower you to take action.
Common triggers for asthma
Here are some of the most common asthma triggers:
- Animals (pet hair or dander)
- Changes in weather (most often cold weather)
- Chemicals in the air or in food
- Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
- Strong emotions (stress)
- Tobacco smoke
Advanced asthma treatments at St. Joseph Medical Center
We’ll work with you to develop an asthma action plan that identifies the steps you should take if you experience asthma symptoms. Our personalized approach identifies the long-term control coupled with rescue medications that work best for you to control your asthma.
We also provide state of the art technologies available to treat refractory/severe persistent asthma, which includes bronchial thermoplasty (BT). BT is a three-session outpatient bronchoscopic procedure that reduces airway smooth muscle mass that helps relieve bronchospasm when exposed to asthma triggers. Pulmonologists at St. Joseph Medical Center were the first in Washington, and among the first in the United States, to offer this non-drug therapy. With this treatment, you’ll gain better control of your asthma.
Ready to take control of your asthma?
Call us to make an appointment with an asthma expert:
Bremerton, Poulsbo: 360-782-5700
Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Tacoma: 253-572-5140