Asthma is a very common disease that affects children and adults worldwide, and can severely impact productivity and quality of life. It is an inflammatory condition of the airways of the lungs, known as the bronchi. Inflammation of the airway and contraction of the muscles around the bronchi causes difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing in affected patients. Proper treatment can improve these symptoms and avoid complications of asthma.
The World Health Organization estimates that around 235 million people worldwide are afflicted with asthma, with 25 million of those in the US according to the CDC. Although there are many treatment options available for this disease, in 2016 it’s estimated that 420,000 people died from complications of asthma, highlighting the need for proper control of this illness.
Why Choose Cleveland Clinic Florida for Asthma Treatment?
The Allergy and Immunology Department at Cleveland Clinic Florida offers comprehensive and evidence-based care of asthma in both children and adults.
Comprehensive diagnostic tests can be performed to effectively diagnose asthma and characterize triggers, as well as to identify conditions that can affect asthma care, such as chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and allergic rhinitis. We also provide traditional allergen-specific immunotherapy, which can be allergy shots or a small tablet under the tongue, called sublingual.
Our Allergy and Immunology Department specializes in comprehensive evaluation and care for asthma, regardless of whether patients are allergic, including:
- Testing for suspected sensitivity to environmental, food, or medication allergies
- Spirometry measurements (breathing tests) to diagnose and monitor the progression of asthma
- Exhaled nitric oxide testing to help guide treatment
- Access to modern biologic therapies that can help manage severe, difficult-to-control asthma.
- Management of other conditions that can impact asthma control
- Comprehensive education for patients and parents
Patients with severe asthma have a decreased quality of life and are at risk of serious complications from their disease. We specialize in identifying patients who would be good candidates for these treatments in order to attain the best possible asthma control.
What We Treat
Learn about symptoms, causes and triggers, diagnostic testing, treatments and management tips for asthma from our Health Library below:
Asthma Symptoms, Causes and Triggers
- Asthma Symptoms
- Asthma Causes and Triggers
- Smoking and Asthma
- Exercise-induced Asthma
- Stress and Asthma
- Food Allergies and Asthma
- Infection as an Asthma Trigger
Asthma in Special Populations
Modern Medications to Treat Difficult Cases
Patients with severe asthma have a decreased quality of life and are at risk of serious complications from their disease. Modern treatments that work directly through the immune system offer hope to patients with severe, difficult-to-control asthma. These include:
- Omalizumab (Xolair)
- Mepolizumab (Nucala)
- Benralizumab (Fasenra)
- Reslizumab (Cinqair)
- Dupilumab (Dupixent)
We also provide traditional allergen-specific immunotherapy (allergy shots) that work to slowly decrease a person’s sensitivity to certain allergens and reduce their symptoms.
Allergy shots can’t protect against food, drug or latex allergies. But they may be able to relieve airway (allergic asthma) symptoms.
Florida Asthma Doctors
Appointments & Locations
To schedule an appointment with one of our asthma specialists at Cleveland Clinic Florida, please call 877.463.2010.
Find additional information on the following helpful links:
American Lung Association
- How To Videos: Resources for Asthma and COPD
- Ashtma Control Test: Can help you and your healthcare provider determine if your asthma symptoms are well controlled. Sharing your or a family member's score with a healthcare provider may help them determine your treatment.
Asthma Treatment and Management
- Asthma Treatments
- Alternative Therapy for Asthma
- Bronchial Thermoplasty
- Asthma Management
- Traveling with Asthma
- Exercise and Asthma
Using an Inhaler
- How to Use a Peak Flow Meter
- How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler
- How to Use Your Flexhaler Dry Powder Inhaler
- How to Use Your Diskus Dry Powder Inhaler
- How to Use Your Turbuhaler Dry Powder Inhaler