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Asthma Specialist

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology

Dermatologists & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Pleasanton, CA

Though symptoms vary, the wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath that occur during an asthma attack can be frightening. There are many factors that can trigger asthma, including allergies. At Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology in Pleasanton, California, board-certified physician Farinaz Farrahi, MD, specializes in identifying asthma triggers to help you gain control over the chronic lung condition and minimize asthma attacks. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. With asthma, the muscles that surround these airways constrict. This narrows the passageway, making it harder to breathe.

In addition to the muscle constriction, your lungs may also be more sensitive to irritants and allergens. This can cause the airways to swell and produce extra mucus. 

Though asthma symptoms vary from mild to severe, they can worsen over time when left untreated. 

What are asthma symptoms?

Asthma symptoms vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty sleeping due to coughing 

Some people experience asthma symptoms all the time, while others may only experience problems in certain situations.

No matter the severity of your symptoms, asthma requires ongoing medical management to minimize asthma attacks and prevent your symptoms from worsening. 

What are common asthma triggers?

Though researchers are still investigating what causes someone to develop asthma, it’s theorized that the chronic lung condition may develop from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

You may notice certain factors trigger your asthma or worsen your symptoms. Common asthma triggers include:

  • Airborne allergens like dust, pollen, and grass
  • Physical activity
  • Cold air
  • Smoke or other air pollutants
  • Respiratory infection like a cold or flu
  • Stress
  • Medications

Knowing the factors that trigger your asthma may help you gain control over your breathing and prevent asthma attacks. 

What can I expect during an asthma evaluation?

When you come in to see the experts at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology for an asthma evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive exam. The full-service practice cares for patients of all ages, including children. 

During your evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and conducts a physical exam. They may also conduct various tests to assess your lung function, as well as allergy testing to determine if allergies are triggering your symptoms.

How is asthma treated?

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology develops personalized asthma treatment plans based on the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, and your asthma triggers.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Long-term asthma control medication
  • Short-acting rescue inhalers
  • Allergy medication

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology also offers allergy shots, which may help decrease your allergy symptoms and your asthma attacks.

Asthma is a lifelong condition that requires ongoing medical care and management. For exceptional asthma care, call Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology or request an appointment online today.