Asthma Management in California, Washington and Oregon
Are you suffering from asthma? At Columbia Asthma and Allergy Clinic, our allergy and asthma specialists provide comprehensive treatment options to help you manage your asthma symptoms. Call one of our clinics in California, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho today to book an appointment.
Asthma is a prevalent lung condition that affects more than 25 million Americans of all ages. If you or your child has asthma, the doctors at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic offer customized treatment to manage your condition. Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic has 13 convenient locations across state lines in Fremont, Oakland, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, California; Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon; Bellevue, Fishers Landing, Longview, and Salmon Creek, Washington; and Eagle, Idaho. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Asthma Q & A
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects your lungs. It causes swelling and increased mucus production in your airways, which makes it challenging to move air in and out of your lungs. As a result, you may experience symptoms that include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
Asthma symptoms vary in severity and may come and go. In many cases, upper respiratory infections like the common cold can make your symptoms worse. Additionally, allergies, exercise, and cold air can intensify your symptoms.
What are the risk factors for asthma?
Medical researchers don’t fully understand what causes asthma. However, your risk of asthma is higher if you have a family history of the disease. Additionally, health conditions such as allergies, respiratory infections, and obesity also increase your chances of developing asthma.
Your environment can also increase your risk of asthma, especially if you’re subject to secondhand smoke or chemicals. Also, if you were exposed to specific viruses or bacteria that could affect your immune system during childhood, you may be more likely to develop asthma.
How is asthma diagnosed?
If you or your child develops asthma symptoms, make an appointment at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. The doctors provide comprehensive exams to diagnose the root cause of your symptoms.
Your provider begins by collecting your personal and family medical history and performing a physical exam. They listen to your lungs for the telltale wheezing sound, and they also use lung function tests such as spirometry, bronchoprovocation tests, and peak expiratory flow tests to measure the air entering and leaving your lungs when you breathe, while you’re breathing normally and under stress.
Your doctor may also order allergy tests and screen for other medical conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and sleep apnea.
How is asthma treated?
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for asthma. However, the team at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic provides customized treatment to reduce your symptoms and improve your health. For example, your doctor can prescribe inhalable medicine to open your airways so you can breathe easily. You may need to take the medication every day or only on an as-needed basis.
Your doctor can also help you identify substances that trigger your asthma. Then, you can take steps to avoid those triggers.
Call Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic or make an appointment online today for expert asthma care.