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Bossier Family Medicine, LLC

Family Medicine located in North Bossier, South Bossier & Stonewall, LA

If you’re one of the 25 million people in the United States living with asthma, you can get the comprehensive care you need from the providers at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC. At the offices in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, the physicians offer on-site pulmonary function tests to confirm asthma. They also tailor treatment plans to manage existing asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for asthma, call the Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, office nearest you or book a consultation online today. 

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a breathing condition with narrowing and swelling of the airways. Your body may also produce excess mucus during an asthma attack. As your airways swell and mucus increases, you have difficulty breathing and other symptoms that interfere with your quality of life.

Asthma often develops in childhood and continues into adulthood. However, adults can also develop asthma later in life. 

The root cause of asthma isn’t well understood, but you might be at increased risk for the condition if you have allergies. For example, dust, pet dander, and other common allergens can trigger an asthma attack.  

Other asthma triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Cold air
  • Pollution
  • Strong emotions
  • Certain medications
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Exercise and physical activity can trigger asthma symptoms in some people.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

After exposure to allergens or other asthma triggers, you may experience rapid swelling of your airways, making it difficult for you to take in enough oxygen to support your health. You might also experience:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms of asthma can make it difficult to be physically active or sleep. In some cases, asthma symptoms can be severe enough to become life-threatening without proper treatment.

The Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, physicians offer on-site pulmonary function tests that measure how much air you can take in and let out of your lungs. Once they confirm an asthma diagnosis, they customize a treatment plan to your needs.

How is asthma treated?

To manage asthma symptoms and prevent new asthma attacks, your Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, provider may prescribe medications.

There are different types of asthma medications available, including:

Fast-acting asthma medications

Fast-acting medications help treat acute asthma attacks. Typically, you inhale the medicines to quickly reduce swelling in your airways, so you can breathe easier.

Long-acting asthma medications

Long-acting asthma medications work by reducing your asthma symptoms daily to prevent additional asthma attacks. You might need to take these medications orally or inhale them into your lungs.

Your physician will also work with you on an action plan to reduce your exposure to asthma-inducing allergens and other triggers.

If you’re experiencing shortness of breath or other asthma symptoms, schedule a consultation online or call the Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, office nearest you today. 

Bossier Family Medicine, LLC