According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 13 Americans are living with asthma. Left unmanaged, this upper respiratory condition can negatively impact your quality of life and prevent you from participating in your favorite activities. At Raintree Healthcare in Allen, Texas, primary care providers Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP, Hoang Ho, MD, and the team regularly work with their patients to diagnose and treat asthma. If you want to breathe more comfortably, make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Asthma is a serious chronic respiratory condition that causes your airways to swell, narrow, and produce extra mucus. Over time, these symptoms make it difficult to breathe, causing wheezing and shortness of breath.
Asthma affects everyone differently. For some, it’s a minor annoyance that makes exercise challenging. For others, it causes serious problems and may even lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
The symptoms of asthma vary depending on the severity of your condition. However, telltale signs include:
Some people with asthma are sensitive to triggers. For example, allergy-induced asthma occurs as a result of exposure to pollen, dust, or pet dander. Exercise-induced asthma, on the other hand, occurs as a result of physical activity like running or hiking.
Asthma affects people of all ages, races, and genders. However, there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop asthma if you have a sibling or parent with the condition.
To diagnose asthma, your Raintree Healthcare provider does a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your symptoms.
Your doctor also measures your lung function using a test called spirometry. Spirometry estimates the amount of narrowing in your bronchial tubes by measuring how much air you can exhale after a deep breath and how fast you can breathe out.
If these measures don’t provide adequate insights, your doctor might also recommend diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or allergy testing to rule out other potential causes of your symptoms.
At Raintree Healthcare, the team works to manage asthma using conservative, integrative methods of care.
For example, lifestyle changes such as tracking your symptoms and using a quick-relief inhaler may provide significant relief. For more serious cases of asthma, prescription medications, like inhaled corticosteroids, may be necessary.
Don’t let asthma prevent you from living an active, rewarding life. Make an appointment at Raintree Healthcare today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.