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Asthma

Texas Pulmonary Institute -  - Pulmonary Medicine

Texas Pulmonary Institute

Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine located in Port Arthur, TX

An estimated 1 in 13 people in the United States has asthma. To help you manage asthma and prevent serious health complications, Roozbeh Sharif, MD, and the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute offer comprehensive care at the office in Port Arthur, Texas. The lung specialists provide in-office pulmonary function tests and other diagnostics to confirm asthma and design a treatment plan to keep your condition under control. To schedule asthma testing, call Texas Pulmonary Institute or book a consultation online today.

 

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that causes sudden inflammation in your lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Your lungs also produce excess mucus, which can further complicate your breathing.

The underlying cause of asthma isn’t well understood, but allergens, environmental irritants, or infections may trigger your immune system to create inflammation in your airways. Other triggers can include:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Exercise
  • Acid reflux
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food preservatives
  • Use of certain medications

While there’s no cure for asthma, the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute can customize a treatment plan to keep your condition well-controlled.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms can differ from one person to the next. Some people experience only mild symptoms, while others need emergency medical treatment to improve their breathing during an asthma attack.

Some of the common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness

These symptoms can also interfere with your ability to be physically active or sleep undisturbed throughout the night. Symptoms of asthma can also worsen over time and become more frequent.

How is asthma treated?

The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute can confirm that your symptoms relate to asthma by using pulmonary function tests to measure how much air you can move in and out of your lungs and how quickly you can move it. Other testing technologies for asthma are also available on-site.

Once they confirm asthma, the team customizes a treatment plan that might include:

Short-acting asthma medications

Short-acting medications you deliver into your lungs with an inhaler can quickly reduce inflammation in your airways, so you can breathe. You use these medications as needed during an asthma attack.

Long-acting asthma medications

Corticosteroids and other long-acting medications can help treat existing asthma symptoms and reduce the frequency of new asthma attacks.

Allergy medications

If allergies trigger your asthma symptoms, you might benefit from taking over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications.

The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute also works with you on a plan to avoid known allergens and other irritants that can trigger an asthma attack. If you have exercise-induced asthma, you may need to limit certain physical activities and ensure you have medications at hand if you need them.

If you need help managing asthma, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling Texas Pulmonary Institute today.