In the United States alone, more than 19 million people have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this condition is common amongst children and adults alike, asthma is potentially dangerous without the right care. At Lani City Medical in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Suniel Khemlani, MD, and Megha Lalwani, MD, work with their team to provide the best asthma care available. Call Lani City Medical or schedule an appointment online today for more information. As an urgent care clinic, Lani City Medical also accepts walk-ins.
Asthma is a chronic condition in which mucus builds up in your airways while they become inflamed and narrow. This makes breathing especially difficult, resulting in coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
While many people experience very few asthma symptoms and can continue their normal activities, that isn’t the case for everybody. For many people with asthma, the condition can be life-threatening.
Asthma affects every patient differently and many notice that their symptoms worsen when they’re sick, exercising, or during allergy season. Certain triggers can exacerbate your asthma symptoms, so it’s important to identify those factors early in your diagnosis.
Signs and symptoms of asthma in children and adults include:
If you’re struggling to breathe on your own, you may be experiencing an asthma attack that requires emergency care right away.
There are two types of pulmonary tests the team at Lani City Medical uses to diagnose asthma in children and adults:
A peak flow meter is a hand-held device that you breathe directly into to measure how hard you can breathe in and out. If your readings are lower than they should be, you may have asthma.
Also a hand-held device, a spirometer measures the amount of air you exhale and how quickly. This can tell Lani City Medical if your lungs are functioning properly.
The most effective asthma treatment for most patients is a nebulizer. This device administers medication directly into the lungs by turning it into a fine mist that you can inhale. Many people rely on nebulization treatment, commonly known as a breathing treatment, to provide instant relief.
After adding the medicine to the nebulizer cup, assemble the device — a mask, mouthpiece, and tube that connects to the nebulizer — before placing the mask over your face. Finally, take very slow, deep breaths until all the medicine is gone. This can help stabilize your breathing and reduce inflammation in your airways.
Most patients with asthma also use inhalers, which are small portable devices that instantly deliver medication to your airways. Inhalers come with a pressurized canister of medication and a mouthpiece that allows you to inhale the medication.
As an urgent care clinic, Lani City Medical accepts walk-ins. To schedule an appointment with Lani City Medical, call the office or book a visit online now.