What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease of increased responsiveness of the airways to various stimuli including allergens and irritants that cause obstruction of the airways.  Constriction of muscles around the airway and inflammation result in swelling of the lining and increased secretion of mucous.  The most common causes of an asthma flare up are infection, exercise, allergens, and air pollution (an irritant).  Allergens and irritants are substances found in our everyday environment.  People who have asthma may experience wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.  Asthma can begin at any age but with proper management and education, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.

2006 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Allergy & Asthma Associates of Southern California provides relief from allergies, asthma, sinus problems, chronic cough and other related conditions. Dr. William E. Berger, Dr. Warner W. Carr, Dr. Mark S. Sugar, Dr. Simi Kapoor, and Dr. Christina Schwindt together with their staff specialize in allergy and immunology in Southern California.

If you or your child are suffering from asthma or think you may have asthma please Call (949) 364-2900 to schedule your appointment today. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule a future appointment.

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