Asthma in Fresno, CA

Asthma

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Asthma is mostly an allergic lung condition that inflames and narrows the airways, making breathing difficult. Asthma is episodic with acute flare-ups followed by symptom-free periods. Most asthma attacks are short-term, lasting minutes to hours and may be fatal if not controlled in a timely manner. In the United States, there are approximately 25 million cases of Asthma of which one-third are children with preventable fatalities.

When you visit Dr. Buddiga, we make it a priority to comprehensively assess you or your child within a safe, nurturing environment. In most cases, we undertake considerable diagnostic testing with all new patients. Testing may include breathing tests or certain blood tests, which is necessary to determine which type of asthma to treat, for example, Allergic Asthma, Eosinophilic Asthma or other types of asthma. This process allows Dr. Buddiga to administer the best possible treatment and management plan for you and your family.

Rest assured, we will explain everything in detail to you when you come to see us.

Asthma Facts

CAUSES
  • Airborne Substances
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Poor Air Quality with Small Particulate Matter or High Ozone Levels
  • Strenuous Physical Activity
SYMPTOMS
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Tightness
  • Night Time Cough

Testing and Treatments for Asthma in Fresno, CA

Do you suffer from Asthma in Central California? Dr. Buddiga is an asthma specialist dedicated to helping test and treat the symptoms of asthma in patients like you.

Testing

  • Lung Function Testing

    A lung function test is easy and non-invasive: as you breathe into a filter, our computer digitally assesses your lung function, helping us determine if asthma or another lung condition is responsible for your symptoms. Whether you suffer from a cough, wheeze or shortness of breath, regular lung function tests help us monitor your response to treatment, as well as your current respiratory function.

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Asthma FAQs

  • What is Asthma?

    Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the respiratory system that makes breathing difficult and uncomfortable. When asthma is triggered, it causes the airways in your lungs to constrict, making it harder for air to pass through. Some asthma is triggered by allergies, allergic asthma, and others are triggered by lifestyle or environmental factors like stress, medication, air temperature, smoke, pollution, or other health conditions like an infection.

  • What are the symptoms of Asthma?

    Symptoms of asthma include:

    • Coughing or wheezing
    • Shortness of breath or chest tightness or pain
    • Fatigue or below-average athletic performance
    • Trouble sleeping because of shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing
    • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by flu and cold viruses

     
    Severe symptoms that require immediate medical treatment:

    • Shortness of breath or wheezing that is rapidly increasing or worsening, so that you are struggling to breathe or using your rib muscles to assist in breathing
    • No improvement after using your prescribed rescue Albuterol asthma inhaler – please call 911 for emergency treatment to the nearest Emergency room
  • How do you test for and treat Asthma?

    Asthma is a clinical diagnosis usually determined by patient history signs and symptoms.
    Tests usually performed that may indicate presence of asthma is “spirometry” or a pulmonary function test where the patient blows into a breathing handpiece with the filter that detects changes in lung volumes with time and also after bronchodilator administration.

    Treatment

    The key to preventing worsening asthma symptoms is long-term prevention and control of the condition, which starts by understanding the triggers that cause inflammatory effects. In some cases, patients will use long-term medications (maintenance controller steroid inhalers such Fluticasone, Beclomethasone, Budesonide) to reduce swelling and inflammation in their airways, as well as quick-relief inhalers (Albuterol HFA, Levalbuterol HFA ) in the case of their symptoms being triggered. Because asthma can be triggered by allergies, your allergy and immunology specialist may also recommend allergy shots or latest biologics such as injectable monoclonal antibodies ( Omalizumab or Xolair®, Dupixent® , Fasenra® , CinqAir® or Nucala® ) for improved control.

  • Can Allergies Cause Asthma?

    Yes – poor control of allergies may lead to Asthma. Nearly 85% of Asthmatics have an allergic trigger

  • What Causes Asthma to Flare Up?

    Significant allergies leading to inflammation in the lungs causing Asthma. Poor air quality or exposure to smoke from fires and inhalation of soot , diesel particles may also cause Asthma to flare.

  • Can Weather Change Cause Asthma?

    Cold temperatures may cause the lung breathing tubes to constrict and result in an Asthma flare

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