Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the way the lungs function. When you have asthma, your airways become narrower, and your lungs’ ability to take in oxygen decreases. This change dramatically affects your blood oxygen levels. In some cases, this condition requires emergency intervention.

Causes & Symptoms

The cause of asthma is mostly an immune response to a triggering substance. This response includes releasing inflammatory mediators that cause the airways in the lungs to swell and narrow making it difficult to breath. Asthma can be exacerbated when you have a concurrent illness or are exposed to something that triggers it. Common asthma triggers are dust, cold air, and chemicals. Uncontrolled asthma can result in a severe asthma attack that requires emergency care in a hospital.


How We Can Help

 The goal of asthma treatment is to control the symptoms, increase the time between asthma attacks, and reduce the progression of the inflammation inside the airways. This is to prevent the asthma from turning into a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

At the Men’s Vitality Center, our doctors will evaluate your asthma symptoms to help you identify your triggers and develop a personalized treatment plan to help control your asthma. You can make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe or Glendale with one of our allergy specialists. Our doctors look forward to meeting you!

Common Questions About Asthma

Can a primary care physician diagnose asthma?

Asthma diagnosis and management is a very important part of our primary care practice. We are often the first visit patients make when complaining of shortness of breath on a regular basis. We are able to assess your condition through your medical history and a physical exam. A lung function test and chest x-rays may also be needed for the doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. Once your asthma has been identified, you can then begin to work with your doctor to develop an asthma action plan.

What happens if asthma is left untreated?

An asthma condition that is not managed with medicines can be at risk for causing lung scarring. This results in permanent damage to your lungs and airways, preventing you from breathing properly without the help of an external aid. This is an unfortunate stage to reach as it is irreversible, meaning no medications or treatments can reverse these effects. If you suspect you have asthma it is very important that you visit a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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