What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs accompanied by difficulty breathing and coughing fits. Flare-ups can occur several times a day or on a weekly basis depending on the severity of one’s condition. The onset of asthma and its source is based on a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Factors that may worsen the disease include frequent exposure to allergens such as air pollution, dust, and pollen.
What Causes Asthma?
While the exact cause is uncertain, there is evidence to suggest a strong genetic component. If you have a close family member who suffers from asthma, your risk of developing the same issue is elevated. Allergies are also a contributing factor. If you have allergies, exposure to allergic triggers can cause an asthma attack. It is estimated that 80% of asthmatic patients also have allergies.
What Are Common Triggers?
Some of the most common triggers include:
- Air pollution
- Certain foods and preservatives
- Cigarette smoke
- Cockroach particles
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Strenuous exercise
- Viral or bacterial infection
Once you know your individual triggers, you can take steps to reduce exposure and stave off attacks.
How Can Drs. De Castro and Basit Help Me?
Living with asthma can be a constant struggle. Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness – these are all debilitating symptoms that can have a severe impact on everyday life. For some people, symptoms may even worsen at night or during exercise. Drs. De Castro and Basit view healing as an ongoing process. Though there is no definitive cure for asthma, they are proud to provide their patients with the primary care services they need. Your provider will consider your medical history and lifestyle to recommend effective ways of avoiding asthma flare-ups and improving your overall quality of life.
Request an Appointment In Hanford, California
If you’re ready to explore a new asthma management approach, request an appointment with De Castro and Basit, MDs. Call (559) 582-9100 or fill out the form below to get started. If you fill out the form on our site, a member of our staff will reach out to you to confirm your appointment.