Did you know that asthma affects about 20 million adults and children in the U.S.? One in every 15 Americans is suffering from asthma. This number has nearly tripled since 1980. And for children, asthma is the leading cause of school days missed due to chronic illness.
Many people think of asthma as a childhood disease, but asthma often occurs as a new condition in older adults. Asthma attacks can be caused by allergic reactions or vigorous exercise. Or asthma attacks can be occupational in nature and caused by exposure to allergens in your workplace. With cough-variant asthma, the main symptom is a cough instead of shortness of breath. And some patients have nocturnal asthma with symptoms that worsen at night.
The UAMS Family Medical Centers provides diagnosis and treatment for our local patients. The goal of any treatment, whether regular medications or fast-acting inhalers for periodic asthma attacks, is to help you live a normal life. And we know that while asthma is a common condition, you need individualized treatment to ensure that you can manage your condition.
Patients who have asthma frequently need to be evaluated and treated by several different types of specialists. At our Family Medical Centers, our doctors have access to all the top specialists at UAMS and work with these specialists to oversee your medical care. You have the advantage of a family doctor readily available in your area along with all the resources available through the only teaching hospital in Arkansas.
To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our asthma services, please contact your local clinic.