Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

Asthma impacts the health of more than 25 million American children and adults. To ensure proper control of your asthma-related breathing issues, the experienced medical team offers comprehensive asthma care at Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona. Whether you or your child have occasional asthma attacks or need urgent in-office breathing treatments, the team customizes your care based on your individual needs. Schedule a pulmonary function test for asthma at Desert Wells Family Medicine today, online, or by calling the office.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes sudden inflammation in your airways, which become narrow and make it difficult to breathe. This inflammation, known as an asthma attack, may be triggered by environmental allergens, like dust or pollen, or factors like:

  • Exercise
  • Cold air
  • Air pollution
  • Extreme stress
  • Respiratory infections

If you have gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), a condition where stomach acid flows backward into your esophagus, you may also be susceptible to asthma attacks.

Asthma affects both children and adults and is a life-long condition that requires medical monitoring and treatment.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

After physical activity or exposure to an allergen, you can experience a worsening cough and shortness of breath. Other common symptoms of an asthma attack include:

  • Wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Chest tightness

If you have asthma, sudden airway inflammation can seriously restrict breathing and requires emergency medical treatment.

How is asthma diagnosed?

To accurately diagnose asthma and rule out other medical conditions, the Desert Wells Family Medicine team offers onsite pulmonary function tests. These noninvasive tests include spirometry, which measures how much air you can move in and out of your lungs at a certain time.

In addition to diagnosing asthma, in-office breathing tests can confirm or rule out other chronic respiratory conditions, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Same-day appointments are available at Desert Wells Family Medicine for mild to moderate asthma attacks or breathing difficulties that need swift attention.

How is asthma treated?

To ensure your asthma is well-controlled, Desert Wells Family Medicine offers customized treatments tailored to your needs.

Inhaled medications provide immediate inflammation relief to help you breathe during an asthma attack. You may also benefit from long-acting medications to prevent airway inflammation.

The team provides in-office breathing treatments when your usual inhaler medications aren’t enough to improve your breathing.

If allergies trigger your asthma, you may need additional medications to reduce your reaction to certain allergens.

When asthma relates to exercise and physical activity, the team can recommend lifestyle modifications to keep you or your child active without increasing your risks for an asthma attack.

If you or a family member need comprehensive medical care to manage asthma, schedule a consultation at Desert Wells Family Medicine today using the online booking feature or by phone.