Midwest Chest Consultants Asthma Treatment
Asthma is a lung disease that causes narrowing in the breathing tubes in the lungs, resulting in difficulty breathing air in and out. It can be triggered by an allergen or irritant. At Midwest Chest Consultants, our asthma doctors offer accurate diagnosis and treatment for asthma in our St. Charles, Missouri office, providing you with solutions to successfully manage your condition.
The main symptoms of asthma include a wheezing sound when you breathe, shortness of breath, chest pain or chest tightness, nasal flaring, and difficulty speaking. Asthma flare-ups occur periodically and can last for mere minutes to days. If you experience severe asthma, you need to go to an emergency room immediately.
The exact cause of asthma is unknown, though people who have asthma appear to be more sensitive to triggers like pet dander, pollen, mold, dust mites, cigarette smoke, pollution, cleaning products, and perfume. Exercise, stress, dry air, sulfites, and anti-inflammatory drugs can also trigger asthma.
We’ll first perform a detailed health history and physical examination. Then we’ll conduct tests that may include a breathing test and/or chest X-ray, as well as breathing into a hand-held device called a spirometer and a peak flow meter, which measure how much air you breathe out as well as your ability to expel air from your lungs.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma, so to manage it for the long-term we will help you identify the allergens that trigger it and prescribe medications based on the severity of your asthma. We may also show you how to use a peak flow meter at home to detect asthma flare-ups so they can be more effectively treated.
Do You Suffer from Asthma? Our St. Charles, MO Lung Doctors Can Help
For an accurate diagnosis and the latest treatments for asthma, turn to Midwest Chest Consultants. Our lung doctors in St. Charles, Missouri can help you find relief and manage your symptoms. Call (636) 946-1650 or use our online appointment request form now.