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Asthma

The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by inflammation of parts of the respiratory system (the lungs and airways) which limits the amount of oxygen that gets to the lungs. Asthma is often comorbid with other conditions, including allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, obstructive sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

According to the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, symptoms of asthma may include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • A sensation of tightness in the chest
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Excess mucus production

There are many potential triggers for asthma, and a healthcare provider can help you identify what your triggers are. Common asthma triggers include:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Cockroaches
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pets
  • Pollen
  • Cigarette or other smoke
  • Cold weather

Having asthma increases your risk of developing anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal condition. If you have asthma or are concerned you might, it’s imperative that you identify and manage your condition.

Although there is no cure for asthma, the caring, compassionate doctors available on Heal can help you manage your asthma. In a house call, the doctor will examine you in your home, where they’re better able to determine potential in-home, outdoor, drug-related, and other triggers for your asthma. They will also take a detailed medical history to identify if your asthma is comorbid with another medical condition. They’ll provide a comprehensive treatment plan to minimize the chances of an asthma attack or flare-up and help you develop goals for managing your asthma.

Your doctor may prescribe an inhaler, epinephrine pen, or other medications to manage your asthma symptoms. At the doctor’s discretion, they may also draw blood and send it to the lab for further testing or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

If you have asthma, book a doctor house call with a licensed primary care doctor using Heal.