Asthma Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

More than 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma, a chronic condition that affects your airways. Wheezing and coughing are common signs of asthma, but with the right care from Lyons Family Care in Hoover, Alabama, you can breathe easier. For accurate diagnosis and lasting care of asthma, call today or book a consultation online with Dr. Ebonee Lyons.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting the airways that carry air to and from your lungs. With asthma, your airways become:

  • Inflamed
  • Swollen
  • Sensitive
  • Frequently filled with mucus

Muscles around your airways also tighten, restricting your breathing even more.

While asthma sometimes runs in the family, certain environmental factors can bring on an asthma attack. These triggers include:

  • Allergens, including pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust mites
  • Airborne irritants, including chemical fumes, smoke, and air pollution
  • Medications, such as aspirin and acetaminophen
  • Extreme weather
  • Exercise or stress
  • Upper respiratory infections (cold)

Chronic health conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea and obesity, can trigger or worsen symptoms of asthma.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms can run the gamut, from mild to severe. The most common signs of asthma are:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Shortness of breath

A severe asthma attack can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

How is asthma treated?

Dr. Lyons will work with you to create a treatment plan to offer quick relief and long-term management of your condition. She may recommend:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids: Medications to provide long-term control of asthma and lasting relief from inflammation and swelling
  • Albuterol: A liquid medication, which is inhaled via a device called a nebulizer, to treat wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and tightness in your chest
  • Allergy shots: Also called immunotherapy, these injections build up your body’s own resistance to allergens over a period of 3-5 years
  • Biologics: Injectable therapies for severe asthma that work by targeting antibodies or eosinophils in your system
  • Leukotriene pathway inhibitors - Medications that block leukotriene, a substance in your body that causes asthma symptoms

If you have severe asthma, she may suggest you also take the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as a Z-pack, to help prevent respiratory infections and improve your quality of life.

The goal of your treatment is to prevent uncomfortable symptoms and:

  • Help you maintain healthy, well-functioning lungs
  • Allow you to continue doing all the activities you enjoy
  • Give you a restful night’s sleep
  • Prevent asthma attacks that could result in an emergency room visit or hospital stay

If you’re ready to gain relief from the symptoms of asthma, call today or schedule a consultation online with Lyons Family Care.