Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

How Asthma Affects Your Respiratory System

How Asthma Affects Your Respiratory System

Does Asthma Weaken Your Respiratory System?

Asthma is a condition that affects your airways and often develops alongside allergies or sinus issues. While asthma can affect your respiratory system, our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia.

Asthma and Your Respiratory System

When you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, the lining of your airways tends to always be hypersensitive — meaning that they’re often inflamed and red. This means that patients may have flare-ups after exercising, being outdoors in cold weather, being sick, or having an allergy attack.

However, when exposed to an allergen, your body’s response is to trigger an asthma attack to protect you from potential harm. When your body’s immune system is triggered, your airways will swell even more in an attempt to block out the allergen. The muscles that surround your airways will also tighten, which is what makes it harder to breathe. It’s common for many patients to have a secondary asthma flare-up after their initial asthma attack.

Asthma and COVID-19

Managing your asthma symptoms and staying healthy is even more important this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic — especially during flu season. Patients with moderate to severe asthma are at a higher risk of getting very sick if exposed to the coronavirus, according to the CDC. Preparing your lungs with asthma treatment can help lessen the effect of your symptoms should you contract COVID-19.

Why You Should Seek Asthma Treatment Now At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

The key to protecting your respiratory system and staying healthy is diagnosing your asthma, and then developing a treatment plan. At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified specialists can do just that at any of our convenient locations.

Contact our board-certified specialists today for a same-day or next-day appointment, or skip the visit to our office with a telemedicine appointment. To book, call (770) 285-5200 or contact us online.