More than 25 million Americans live with troubled respiration, wheezing, and chest tightness caused by asthma. At his private practice in Tamarac, Florida, Gus Armenakis, MD, an award-winning and board-certified primary care physician, provides customized asthma management services to help you lead a healthy and active life. If you’re concerned about asthma, call Dr. Armenakis or make an appointment online today.
Your lungs are spongy organs that consist of tubular airways that branch off into smaller and smaller tubes until they end in microscopic air sacs called alveoli. Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and mucus production in your airways, which makes it hard for you to move air in and out of your lungs.
The precise cause of asthma isn’t fully understood. However, medical researchers have identified several contributing factors. For example, if you have a family history of asthma or allergies, you also have an increased chance of developing the condition. Additionally, asthma could be related to an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in your lungs.
You can develop asthma at any point in your life, although it usually first emerges during childhood.
Some of the telltale signs of asthma include:
Asthma symptoms vary in intensity. You may have mild, barely noticeable symptoms, or your symptoms could be disruptive. You might also have asthma attacks. An asthma attack occurs when several of your symptoms rapidly become very severe.
If you’re concerned about asthma, Dr. Armenakis collects your medical history and asks about your symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health. He listens to your lungs and performs pulmonary function tests, including spirometry, bronchoprovocation, and peak expiratory flow. These tests measure how much air moves in and out of your lungs and how you respond to different airborne allergens and medications. In some cases, Dr. Armenakis might order a lung X-ray.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for asthma, but Dr. Armenakis offers personalized asthma management care to help you breathe easily and maintain a healthy and active life. Depending on your needs, Dr. Armenakis can prescribe inhalable medication to reduce inflammation in your airways. Some inhalers are for routine daily use, while other medicines are only used as needed.
Additionally, you and Dr. Armenakis work together to identify any potential triggers for your symptoms and then take steps to limit your exposure. For example, if spring pollen makes your asthma worse, you can keep your windows closed and reduce the amount of time that you spend outdoors.
Call Dr. Armenakis or schedule an appointment online today if you’re concerned about asthma.