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Visalia Laser and Skin

Medical Spa located in Visalia, CA

When you have asthma, you likely don’t take breathing for granted anymore. If you feel like you can’t get air, make an appointment to see Visalia Laser and Skin for asthma testing and treatment. Visalia Laser and Skin offers primary care services, such as asthma management, to help you feel your best. Call or click to schedule an appointment at this friendly, modern Visalia, California, clinic.

Asthma Q & A

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What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition where your airways become constricted and cause breathing difficulties. Certain triggers can cause swelling and excess mucus in your airways, which narrows your airpipe.

During an asthma attack, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness

What triggers asthma?

Researchers haven’t uncovered exactly what causes asthma, but they know that exposure to certain allergens or irritants triggers asthma for some children and adults.

Common asthma triggers include:

  • Cold air
  • Smoke
  • Allergens such as dust, pollen, and mold
  • Colds
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Medication
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux

How do you diagnose asthma?

The provider uses lung function tests to determine whether or not you have asthma. The two most common tests are spirometry and peak flow. They may have you perform these tests before and after you use an inhaler to see if your lung function improves. If it does improve, you may have asthma.

Spirometry

During a spirometry test, you take a deep breath and exhale as fast as you can into a spirometer. This device measures how much and how fast you exhale to detect any narrowing of your bronchial tubes.

Peak flow

For the peak flow test, you exhale as hard as you can into a peak flow meter. This special device tells Dr. Akhavon if your lungs aren’t functioning as well as they should.

What treatment options are available for asthma?

Most of the time, you can control your asthma with fast-acting and long-term control medications.

Fast-acting medication

If you have severe asthma, you may require a rescue inhaler to provide rapid relief. These bronchodilators help you breathe, but are only intended for short-term use.

Long-term control medication

First, the provider identifies your asthma triggers, including allergens, so you can avoid them. Next, they may suggest daily medication to help prevent future asthma attacks. Oral medications, allergy treatment, and inhaled corticosteroids help you keep your asthma under control in the long run.

If you need help regulating your asthma, contact the Visalia, California clinic online or over the phone. They offer easy scheduling, flexible payment options, and competitive pricing for your ongoing health needs.