Asthma Specialist

Family Health Center of Bastrop

Multi-Specialty Medical Group in Bastrop & Smithville, TX

Asthma affects approximately 27 million Americans, including children and adults. To control your symptoms, you need highly trained, qualified specialists. Family Health Center of Bastrop, with offices in Bastrop and Smithville, Texas, has a team of experts who offer solutions with advanced, customized treatment plans. Find out more about how you can manage your asthma with a consultation. Call the practice or book an appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your lungs. When you breathe, many small airways go into your lungs and deliver oxygen to your blood. 

When your airways swell, and your muscles tighten around the area, mucus fills your breathing path and restricts the amount of air that can get through. If you struggle with your breathing, your airways might be inflamed, and you could have asthma.

Symptoms of asthma include:

  • Tightness in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue

Signs of asthma can be mild or severe. When you visit Family Health Center of Bastrop for an evaluation, your practitioner diagnoses you and prescribes the treatment you need.

What causes asthma?

Exact causes for asthma aren’t known, but genetic and environmental factors could play a role. Asthma can be triggered by:

  • Allergies
  • Cold air
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Smoking
  • Strenuous activity
  • Severe heartburn
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Viral infections
  • Weak immune system
  • Medications
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Emotions, such as laughing, crying, and shouting

If you have a family history of asthma, you might develop the condition more easily.

Can I prevent asthma?

Asthma isn’t preventable, but your doctor can offer action steps to help you limit attacks, including:

  • Stay away from triggers
  • Avoid allergens
  • Get allergy shots if you have allergies
  • Take preventive medication

At your annual wellness exam, talk to your doctor about your lifestyle and ways to ward off the onset of asthma.

How is asthma diagnosed and treated?

Family Health Center of Bastrop provides an on-site assessment of breathing function, including lab work and diagnostic testing. Your practitioner evaluates your symptoms, checks your lung function with a spirometry test, and performs a full medical exam that includes asking questions about your family’s medical history.

Your breathing test measures the amount of air you can breathe in and out, in addition to how quickly you can exhale. Since allergies trigger asthma, your doctor might recommend allergy testing, too.

After your exam, your doctor talks to you about your diagnosis and offers recommendations for treatment that may include:

  • Quick-relief solutions, such as an inhaler
  • Long-term medications
  • Immunotherapy
  • Breathing exercises
  • Lifestyle changes

If you need treatment for asthma, schedule an appointment with the team at Family Health Center of Bastrop. Call or book a consultation online today.