Intermittent Asthma

Intermittent Asthma

Intermittent Asthma

Intermittent asthma is a type of short-term asthma that lasts for no more than 2 days a week. This type of asthma is the least severe classification of asthma but still requires treatment by an allergist to help manage the symptoms if interfere with your daily comfort. Read more in our blog about intermittent asthma and treatment options.


What Causes Intermittent Asthma

The causes of intermittent asthma are hard to pinpoint, but the most common triggers of this type of asthma include

  • Allergies
  • Environmental allergens
  • Respiratory infections
  • Genetics


Intermittent asthma causes many of the same symptoms as chronic asthma but is typically not as severe or life-threatening. However, these symptoms can still interfere with your daily life and breathing comfortably. These include:

  • Throat & chest tightness
  • Difficulty catching your breath
  • Wheezing or squeaking when breathing in and out
  • Constant coughing


Treatments for Intermittent Asthma

The first step in treating intermittent asthma is a visit to an allergist, such as the team at McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic. A thorough examination will be performed by the physician and a pulmonary function test to determine the lung’s air capacity. The allergist will then prescribe an inhaler to help improve your breathing and lung function. If you have not had asthma before or used an inhaler in the past, the allergist team will help demonstrate how to use the medication and advise on its dosage.


Once on the medication, continue to monitor your symptoms over the course of the next month. If symptoms persist or continue to worsen, it’s important to make another visit to the allergist to determine a more extensive asthma treatment plan.


Asthma Treatment at McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic

If you are struggling with intermittent asthma and are in need of an asthma treatment plan, make an appointment with the board-certified allergists at McGovern Allergy. Their experienced team can help you breathe comfortably again. Call 713-661-1444 to schedule an appointment or click the link to request one online.