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Asthma Specialist

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Access2care

Primary Care & Family Practice located in Anchorage, AK

If you’re one of the more than 25 million Americans with asthma, you should take preventive measures to lower your risk of a life-threatening attack. At Access2care, in Anchorage, the caring team, work with people of all ages to diagnose and treat asthma. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes your airways to swell, narrow, and produce extra mucus. When combined, these side effects make it difficult to breathe and increase your risk of coughing and wheezing.

For some people, asthma only causes minor discomfort; for others, it triggers life-threatening respiratory attacks. Although there’s no cure for asthma, with professional monitoring and care, it’s possible to minimize symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma affects everyone differently, but it’s usually worse during physical activity. Common indications of asthma include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Whistling noise when exhaling

Everyone with asthma experiences shortness of breath from time-to-time, but if your symptoms progressively worsen, or they require the frequent use of a quick-relief inhaler, make an appointment with Debra as soon as possible. 

Who is at risk of asthma?

Asthma affects people of all ages, genders, and races, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Having a family history of asthma
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Having allergies
  • Exposure to pollution

Your profession can also increase your risk of asthma. This is particularly true if you work a job that involves regular exposure to chemicals like pesticides.

How is asthma diagnosed?

To diagnose asthma, Debra conducts a physical exam, asks you about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history, then gives you a pulmonary function test. The two most common pulmonary function tests are spirometry and peak flow.

Spirometry measures the narrowing of your bronchial tubes by testing how much air you exhale after a deep breath and how quickly you breathe out. A peak flow test measures how hard you breathe out. If you have a low peak flow reading, it indicates your lungs aren’t working as well as they should. 

How is asthma treated?

Treatment of asthma depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Debra usually recommends a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, daily medications, and avoidance of asthma triggers. 

The type of medication that’s right for you depends on your age and individual asthma triggers. Debra might recommend long-term asthma control drugs like corticosteroids, quick-relief medications like an inhaler, or allergy medications. Each of these medicines eases uncomfortable symptoms caused by asthma, making it easier to breathe and perform routine activities. 

To explore your treatment options for asthma, schedule an appointment at Access2care. Call the office or book an appointment online today.