Adult Asthma

Adult asthma is frequently associated with allergic asthma, a condition that causes asthma attacks upon exposure to common allergens found in the work or home. In some cases, adult asthma may occur in patients who suffered from childhood asthma, in which case the allergic response is minimal.

The symptoms of asthma experienced by adults with this condition typically flare up quickly, and require traditional asthma treatments to subdue the attack. At the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, our specialists are board-certified to diagnose and treat asthma conditions such as adult-onset asthma.

Adult-Onset Asthma Symptoms

The symptoms of adult asthma are similar to those experienced by patients diagnosed with adult classic asthma, and can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Frequent coughing
  • Wheezing

If you believe you could be experiencing symptoms of adult-onset asthma, it is important to consult with a board-certified asthma specialist at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia. Our highly qualified doctors diagnose your symptoms, and provide the appropriate treatment for adult-onset asthma.

Who Is At Risk for Developing Adult Asthma?

Patients who possess higher risk factors for an adult-onset asthma diagnosis include:

  • Women taking estrogen for 10 years or more following menopause.
  • Women experiencing hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause.
  • People with allergies, specifically pet allergies.
  • People recovering from a cold or flu illness.
  • People exposed to environmental irritants.

If you are at higher risk for developing adult-onset asthma, please speak to one of our board certified asthma specialists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia. If left untreated, adult asthma can produce life-threatening symptoms, such as cerebral hypoxia and asphyxiation.

Adult-Onset Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment in Metro Atlanta

Diagnosis of adult-onset asthma begins with a patient-doctor consultation, where our physicians review your medical history, including any past asthma symptoms or risk factors you may have experienced.

During a physical examination, our doctors listen to your breathing through a stethoscope, and may recommend additional testing, such as spirometry or a methacholine challenge test, as well as chest X-rays. These tests ensure an accurate adult-onset asthma diagnosis from the board-certified asthma specialists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma.

Our doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatory or brochodilator medications to be taken either orally or via inhaler to treat adult-onset asthma. In addition to medications, our doctors offer counsel on precautionary methods that may be used to minimize the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.

Visit a Board-Certified Specialist in Atlanta for Adult-Onset Asthma

The board-certified asthma specialists of the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for all asthma types including adult-onset asthma, allergies, and sinus problems.

We have offices conveniently located throughout the metro Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, Smyrna/Vinings, Hiram, Villa Rica, Douglasville, Acworth / Kennesaw, Carrollton, and Newnan. To schedule an appointment, please call (404) 994-3574 or submit an online request via our patient contact form. We employ a no-wait policy for new and existing patients in all of our offices.