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If you or a loved one is among the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma, you understand how important it is to find the right medical partner to treat the condition. The team at TeleMDs, based in San Jose, California, is skilled in diagnosing and treating all forms of asthma and has helped many people find relief. The TeleMDs team also works closely with health care facilities throughout Northern California, including the Bay Area, San Francisco, and Sacramento. To learn more about their care, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that makes it difficult to move air in and out of your lungs. The condition can cause serious outcomes, and more than 2 million emergency room visits each year are due to asthma attacks.

Healthy airways are clear and open, allowing you to breathe freely. With asthma, certain triggers cause a swift and unbalanced inflammatory response, narrowing your airways and making it hard to breathe.

While asthma cannot be cured, there are ways to effectively manage the condition and allow you to live an active, healthy life. 

What causes asthma?

Researchers don't know the exact cause of asthma, but there is evidence that suggests a strong genetic component. If someone in your family member suffers from asthma, your risk level is elevated.

Allergies are also a contributing factor in many cases of asthma. If you have allergies, exposure to triggers can cause an asthma attack. An estimated 80% of asthma sufferers also have allergies.

What are common asthma triggers?

Many different factors can trigger an asthma attack. Learning to identify your specific triggers is an important part of your personalized treatment plan.

Some common asthma triggers include:

  • Pollen
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroach particles
  • Certain foods
  • Certain food preservatives
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Air pollution

Once you know the things that trigger your asthma, you can take steps to reduce exposure and stave off attacks.

How is asthma treated?

During your telemedicine appointment, the team at TeleMDs creates a specific treatment plan based on your symptoms.

In addition to avoiding triggers, medication can help manage asthma. They can provide you with inhaler refills or any other additional medications during your telehealth visit.

Inhaled anti-inflammatory drugs can save your life in the event of a serious asthma attack, and work to swiftly reduce inflammation and open airways. Called bronchodilators, these medications are not for use in controlling asthma on a long-term basis.

Other medications include corticosteroids, anticholinergics, and antibiotics. Your treatment plan may include a combination of medications, and the dosing may shift over time. If you notice changes in your breathing function or experience unusual side effects, the team at TeleMDs can alter your treatment plan. 

An asthma nebulizer works to transform liquid medications into a mist you can inhale into your lungs. This approach can be a good fit for those who have trouble using smaller, handheld inhalers. 

If you’re ready to explore a new asthma management approach, book a visit with TeleMDs. Online scheduling is available, or simply call to check appointment availability.