The breathing difficulties caused by asthma range from mild to severe and life-threatening, so it’s important to have your condition treated and find a way to manage it. At the Temecula Medical Group in Temecula, California, Richard Rawson, DO, and his team manage ongoing asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks with prescription medication. To find out how to manage your asthma, call the Temecula Medical Group today or book an appointment online.
Asthma affects your ability to breathe. More specifically, it causes your airways to swell, tighten, and produce mucus that interferes with your ability to inhale and exhale. It’s a chronic (ongoing) condition, so you need to manage it with practical strategies for the rest of your life.
Some people with asthma experience mild to moderate symptoms all the time. Others don’t but are at risk of asthma attacks. Asthma attacks happen when symptoms flare up, often in response to a trigger like exercise, fumes, or an allergic reaction. During an asthma attack, your airways spasm, inflamed, and fill with mucus.
The Temecula Medical Group team is prepared to diagnose your asthma and help you find ways to manage your symptoms. Several medications can improve your outlook and reduce symptoms and flare-ups.
The symptoms of asthma can persist or come and go. Whether you experience them all the time or only sometimes, they can keep you from engaging in some of your favorite activities and can interfere with your work.
The most common symptoms of asthma are:
Asthma can also cause insomnia because you struggle to breathe at night. The coughing worsens when you lie down to go to bed, preventing you from sleeping.
The Temecula Medical Group team develops a treatment plan to help you manage your asthma and reduce its symptoms, whether you get them all the time or only on occasion. After diagnosing you with a review of your medical history and symptoms, spirometry, and a possible chest X-ray, the team could recommend:
Medications for asthma include as-needed bronchodilators (usually an inhaler that opens up your airways) and anti-inflammatory medicines that you take every day.
Biologic therapy involves medications that target specific molecules in the body involved in causing asthmatic symptoms.
If certain activities or substances tend to kickstart your asthma attacks, avoiding them to the best of your ability reduces your symptoms.
For more information on asthma and how to treat it, reserve an appointment today over the phone or online at the Temecula Medical Group.