If you could go back in time and talk to yourself (or your
loved one) on the day of diagnosis, what would you say?
What would I tell myself if I could go back in time to the day I
was diagnosed with asthma? Easy-make an appointment with a
specialist-do it now!
I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, but until recently, I
had never visited a specialist.
When I did visit an allergy and asthma specialist, I already
knew that my asthma was usually triggered by allergens and thus
flared up seasonally. What I didn't know was that my allergies were
severe enough to warrant 3-5 years of shots to immunize me against
regional pollens and grasses. I can't help but wonder how much less
I may have struggled with asthma if I'd started allergy shots a
I also learned that uncontrolled asthma can thicken bronchial
tubes over time. This reduces the amount of space available for air
to pass through the lungs. Now I suspect that if I'd committed to
taking inhaled corticosteroids year-round-despite the side
effects-the benefits could have outweighed the risks. This includes
multiple trips to the ER due to the unexpected allergen, the
unusually severe cold, or a change in environment when I traveled.
This only exposed me to stronger corticosteroids like prednisone
that definitely have side effects like loss of bone density mass.
As I've learned from my specialist, a better peak flow year round,
helps you cope better with sudden changes to lung capacity.
Take initiative! Your health is in your hands! Seek advice from
those best poised to educated you and help you cope with your