Characterized by wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath, more than 25 million American adults and children suffer from asthma. If you or a loved one has asthma, Dr. David Alonso and the practitioners at Amour Medical Aesthetics, Inc in Chico, California can help you alleviate its symptoms and reduce its long-term impact, so you can lead a fuller, healthier life. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule an asthma evaluation.
Asthma is a chronic lung disorder that sometimes makes it very difficult to breathe. During an asthma attack, your lungs swell and excrete mucus, blocking your airway.
Although it stems from a variety of factors, allergens like pollen, molds, dust, and pet dander are common triggers. Exercising in cold air, exposure to pollutants, and food allergies can also set off asthma attacks.
Genetics play a large role in asthma. So, if close relatives suffer from the disease, you're at a greater risk.
However, you can develop asthma even without genetic risk factors. Excessive weight gain, prolonged exposure to tobacco smoke, and chemical pollutants are common causes.
Wheezing, coughing, and labored breathing are common components of an asthma attack. During a major attack, it can be difficult to talk or draw in even the shortest breath. Back pain can result from muscles over contracting during episodes.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of asthma, a physical exam is the best way to gauge the nature and extent of the disease.
First, Dr. Alonso, or another experienced practitioner, tests your lung capacity before and after giving you an airway-expanding drug like albuterol. If the medicine improves your lung function, there’s a good chance you have asthma.
To rule out other lung conditions, additional tests could be required. These could include chest X-rays, white blood cell counts in mucus and saliva, allergy tests, and analysis of nitric oxide levels in your breath.
Dr. Alonso and his team will develop a treatment plan that includes medications for quick relief of sudden asthma attacks and long-term therapies for ongoing prevention.
If allergies are a major factor in your attacks, he might recommend immunotherapy (allergy shots) to reduce your sensitivity to allergens. Other elements of your program could include weight loss, exercise, and erasing tobacco smoke and other environmental hazards.
Don’t endure another day of suffering from asthma. Dr. Alonso and the practitioners at his internal medicine clinic are ready to help with a range of highly effective therapies. Call or book an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary.