Asthma

Sunny View Medical Center

Family Medicine Practice located in Phoenix, AZ

A full-service medical practice like Sunny View Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona works with patients to manage their asthma and other chronic illnesses. Asthma can be a life changer for people and life threatening if left undiagnosed and untreated. With on-site spirometry testing, Sunny View Medical Center can help you control your asthma and reduce your risk of an attack.

Asthma Q & A

Sunny View Medical Center

What is asthma?

Asthma is the narrowing of the passageways that allow air into the lungs. People with asthma may have problems breathing, have bouts of coughing and often be short of breath. For some people, asthma only bothers them occasionally, perhaps when they exert themselves or if they are exposed to a specific allergen. For others, asthma controls their lives. They live daily in fear of an attack, especially without proper medical support.

What causes asthma?

It’s a question no one has answered fully but it may be a combination of genetics and environmental factors. What we do know is asthmatics tend to respond to an irritant that triggers a reaction. As with most allergies, the exact trigger varies from person to person. Common asthma triggers include:

  • Airborne irritants like dust or pet dander
  • Respiratory infections like a cold
  • Exercise
  • Cold air
  • Smoke
  • Certain drug therapies
  • Stress or emotional situations
  • Sulfites and other forms of preservatives in food
  • Gastric reflux

How is asthma diagnosed?

It starts with a physical exam. Asthma is very similar to other respiratory conditions like COPD, so the doctor listens to the lungs and does a full medical history to make a proper diagnosis. A spirometry test will show estimate how narrow the bronchial tubes are by measuring how much air you can exhale.

What is the treatment for asthma?

A comprehensive treatment plan for asthma will depend on the severity of the condition and the potential triggers. It involves a combination of drug therapy and lifestyle changes for most patients. The doctor may ask you to keep a journal and write down everything that happens before during and after an attack to pinpoint triggers that you need to avoid.

Medications can reduce asthma attacks and help control one when it happens. Most asthmatics carry a quick-relief inhaler containing a medication that opens the airways quickly to ease the symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce the swelling in the airways, as well.

Some of our Accepted Insurances

Sunny View Medical Center accepts the following insurances. Please contact your specific plan to confirm that we are contracted with your specific network.

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Aetna
AIG
AIM
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
EBMS
GEHA
HealthNet
Medicare
UMR
UnitedHealthcare