Some people with asthma can go about their daily activities. But others experience frequent, severe asthma attacks requiring immediate medical attention.
Physicians at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are easing the impact of asthma on our community. We offer the latest asthma treatments and personalized support so you can live your life with fewer asthma-related interruptions.
When you have asthma, you may experience sudden symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. These are signs of an asthma attack. During an asthma attack, muscles in your airway may narrow or twitch. You may also experience thicker or more mucous in your lungs.
Common causes (triggers) of asthma attacks include:
Asthma can get in the way of daily activities, such as attending work or school. And the Pittsburgh area’s poor air quality poses an additional challenge to getting asthma symptoms under control.
At AHN, we can loosen asthma’s grip on your life. Our physicians consistently help people achieve lasting relief – even when standard treatments are not successful.
Highlights of our program include:
AHN is among the first programs in western Pennsylvania using a team approach for treating uncontrolled asthma. Asthma doctors, nurse specialists, and pharmacists work together so they can tailor treatments to meet your needs. Most patients see multiple members of our team, receive necessary tests, and fill prescriptions in a single visit.
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We offer the complete range of asthma care services to give you the best chance for successful treatment.
Your care may include:
Your asthma action plan includes written instructions for controlling your symptoms and getting help if you need it.
Asthma action plans often describe:
Many people maintain good symptom control with medications you breathe in using a handheld device (inhaler). We teach you the proper technique for using inhalers so you get the most out of each treatment.
Standard asthma medications include:
Monitoring your progress with regular testing helps us know whether treatments are working. We often use spirometry and peak flow monitoring. These tests measure how well your lungs are working. If your symptoms are worsening, we use these tests to determine whether adjustments to your treatment plan have been successful.
If standard asthma medications fail to bring you relief, other treatments may help. We offer the latest options for difficult-to-treat asthma, including: