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Family Medical Associates is a multi-specialty group located in Lebanon, Tennessee, where we have proudly served our community since 1975. Our experienced group currently manages all aspects of family practice, total pediatrics from delivery room through adulthood, internal medicine, and general surgery.


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Asthma Triggers


      Asthma triggers is a chronic lung condition that causes inflammation and constriction of the airways and difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks, or worsening of asthma symptoms, can occur after exposure to factors known as triggers.  Once asthma triggers have been identified, the patient has several options: avoid the trigger entirely, limit exposure to the trigger if it cannot be completely avoided, consult with a healthcare provider about taking an extra dose of medicine before exposure to the trigger, or consider immunotherapy (allergy shots), which can sometimes be helpful. Allergens are substances that can produce an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive (allergic) to them. Sensitivity to indoor allergens is especially common in asthmatics. The most common indoor allergens that affect asthmatics are dust mites, mold, animal danders, and cockroaches. In addition to indoor allergens, other factors may be identified as asthma triggers, including respiratory infections (colds, flu), allergies to food or medicines, outdoor allergens (pollen, grasses), irritants (cigarette smoke, aerosols, wood smoke, car exhaust), chemicals in the home or workplace, a woman's menses, or physical activity.

WHERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION — Your healthcare provider is the best source of information for questions and concerns related to your medical problem. Because no two patients are exactly alike and recommendations can vary from one person to another, it is important to seek guidance from a provider who is familiar with your individual situation.

     A number of web sites have information about medical problems and treatments, although it can be difficult to know which sites are reputable. Information provided by the National Institutes of Health, national medical societies and some other well-established organizations are often reliable sources of information, although the frequency with which they are updated is variable.The National Library of Medicine

      (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthtopics.html)
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

      (www.aaaai.org)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

      (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/)
National Lung Health Education Program

      (www.nlhep.org)
American Lung Association

      (www.lungusa.org)
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

      (allergy.mcg.edu/

 Benita Qualls PA-C