Asthma

Asthma Specialist
Asthma is a common condition that causes mild to severe breathing difficulty for children and adults. If you have asthma, getting treatment is the best way to improve your quality of life and prevent serious complications. Dr. Effideen Ameerally of The Medical Clinic diagnoses and treats asthma in people of all ages. To make an appointment with Dr. Ameerally, please contact the office in Mesa, Arizona, today.

Asthma Q & A

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What are the symptoms of asthma?

The symptoms of asthma can vary in severity, with some people experiencing only mild symptoms infrequently and others experiencing life-threatening asthma attacks on a regular basis. If you have asthma, you may notice:

  • Shortness of breath, especially with activity
  • Tightening in your chest
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Trouble sleeping because of coughing or breathing difficulties

Most people with asthma have more severe symptoms while they’re sick with a cold or the flu.

What causes asthma?

Asthma symptoms occur when your airways swell and start producing extra mucus. Scientists don’t know why some people develop this condition and others don’t, but they believe it’s a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Most people with asthma experience more symptoms when they encounter certain triggers. Some of the most common asthma triggers include:

  • Stress or strong emotion
  • Allergens
  • Pollution
  • Cold air
  • Certain medications
  • Physical activity
  • Respiratory infections

How is it diagnosed?

To diagnose asthma, Dr. Ameerally begins by performing a thorough physical exam and reviewing your medical history. He may also perform spirometry and peak flow tests to evaluate your breathing. In addition, Dr. Ameerally asks questions about the symptoms you experience, as well as the different triggers that make symptoms appear or get worse.

Does asthma respond to treatment?

Asthma usually responds well to the right treatment. If you have asthma, Dr. Ameerally may prescribe a maintenance medication, such as an inhaled corticosteroid, to keep your symptoms under control on a long-term basis. You may also receive a prescription for a rescue medication you can use to improve symptoms during an asthma attack.

How can patients deal with asthma symptoms at home?

Asthma symptoms can fluctuate over time. To control these symptoms effectively, Dr. Ameerally will help you create an asthma action plan. This plan gives you instructions for adjusting the dosages of medication you take based on your symptoms. It also lists your triggers so you can try to avoid them.

If your asthma symptoms begin to worsen and your current medications aren’t able to control them, you should make another appointment with Dr. Ameerally to discuss making changes.

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