Foye MD and Spa

Weight Loss Clinic and Medical Spa Located in Houston, TX

Asthma is an incredibly disruptive disease that affects nearly 27 million Americans and one out of every 12 children in the country. If you or a loved one suffers from asthma, it’s important to find a health care professional who can guide you through treatment and proper management of its effects. The highly skilled team of providers at Foyé MD and Spa Primary Care in Houston, TX have helped many patients in the Houston area find lasting relief from their asthma. Call the offices today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects your body’s ability to pass air in and out of your lungs. When you have asthma and come into contact with certain environmental triggers, your airways become inflamed, constricted, and full of mucus, making it difficult to breathe. This is commonly referred to as an “asthma attack.”

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The most common symptoms of asthma are:

  • tightness in the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing, particularly during exercise
  • wheezing
  • fatigue

Asthmatic symptoms are triggered by particular conditions or environmental factors, such as:

  • illness, particularly respiratory illness
  • allergens, such as pollen, dander, and dust mites
  • irritants in the air, such as smoke and chemical fumes
  • extreme weather conditions, such as low temperatures or high humidity
  • strong emotions
  • exercise

There are a number of different types of asthma, such as allergic asthma, nonallergic asthma, occupational asthma, and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, each of which has different triggers.

What causes asthma?

Researchers have been unable to identify a single cause for asthma, though it’s commonly thought that genetics play a large factor. If members of your family have asthma, you’re much more likely to develop it yourself.

Other hypotheses propose that asthma is caused by a history of viral infections, a weakened immune system due to a lack of exposure to enough bacteria in a person’s early months and years, and early and repeated exposure to allergens.

What treatments are available for asthma?

There is no cure for asthma, but the symptoms of asthma attacks can be significantly reduced with medical guidance. The first step towards effectively treating your asthma is to book an appointment with Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals, where you can be properly diagnosed and begin to figure out what your particular triggers are. Avoidance of asthmatic triggers is one of the best ways to reduce the severity and frequency of your asthma attacks.

Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals can also teach you breathing exercises that help you increase your lung capacity and reduce the severity of future attacks. She also might prescribe a rescue treatment, such as an inhaler, nebulizer, bronchodilator, or anti-inflammatory, all of which can help to quickly stave off an asthma attack in the case of an emergency. Lastly, Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals might recommend a long-term asthma control medication, such as an anti-inflammatory drug.

Asthma doesn’t have to be debilitating. With the type of proper medical management provided by the team at Foyé MD and Spa in Houston, you can get your asthma under control and live your life to the fullest. Call now to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool to plan your visit.