Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas
Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX
Roughly 1 in 12 Americans suffer from asthma, with more and more confirmed cases each year. Before living another day with wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness, book an evaluation at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas to get started on a customized treatment plan. You can either request an appointment online or call your closest location in Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Killeen, or Round Rock, Texas, directly.
Asthma Q & A
What causes asthma?
Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your breathing ability as airways (bronchial tubes) become inflamed. The more your airways narrow and swell, the more difficult breathing becomes.
While it isn’t always clear what causes asthma, medical experts find that environmental and genetic factors can play roles. For instance, some of the most common asthma triggers include:
- Air pollutants and smoke
- Environmental allergens
- Food sulfites and preservatives
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Even physical exertion can trigger asthmatic symptoms — this is known as exercise-induced asthma.
Are there symptoms of asthma?
Yes, although asthma affects each individual differently. Symptoms can be an occasional nuisance or turn into a serious life-threatening attack where your breathing is severely limited. With asthma, you may experience:
- Wheezing or whistling
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or tightness
- Coughing fits
Whether your asthma attacks are minor or severe, it’s important to find out what triggers them and learn to manage your condition. The team of board-certified physicians and asthma experts at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas can help.
How is asthma treated?
Treating asthma begins with testing to evaluate your lung function. The spirometry test estimates the severity of your bronchial tube narrowing by checking how much air you exhale, while the peak flow test evaluates how hard you can breathe out.
Your dedicated practitioner at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas may also perform allergy testing to determine if you have an allergy that’s triggering your attacks. Once they better understand why you have asthma and how severe it may be, they can design your treatment plan, which can include:
- Inhaled anti-inflammatory corticosteroids
- Prescription oral asthma medications
- Long-acting inhaled beta agonists
- Combination inhalers
If you have allergies that are triggering your asthma attack, the team counsels you on how to avoid the allergens. They may also suggest immunotherapy, such as allergy shots, to minimize issues with allergy-induced asthma.
For immediate relief during asthma attacks, your practitioner at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas can prescribe quick-relief rescue inhalers. These hand-held inhalers need to remain with you at all times.
Book your asthma evaluation at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas and get started on an effective treatment solution. Schedule online or over the phone.