Asthma Specialist

De Castro & Basit, MDs

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Hanford, CA

If you or a loved one is among the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma, you understand how important it is to find the right medical partner to treat the condition. Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit of De Castro & Basit, MDs, are skilled in diagnosing and treating all forms of asthma and have helped many in and around Hanford, California, find relief. To learn more about their care, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or trying the easy online scheduling tool.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that makes it difficult to move air in and out of your lungs. The condition can cause serious outcomes, and more than 2 million emergency room visits each year are due to asthma attacks.

Healthy airways are clear and open, allowing you to breathe freely. With asthma, certain triggers cause a swift and unbalanced inflammatory response, narrowing your airways and making it hard to breathe.

While asthma cannot be cured, there are ways to effectively manage the condition and allow you to live an active, healthy life. Finding the right physician to accompany you on that journey is a great place to begin.  

What causes asthma?

Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of asthma, but there is evidence to suggest a strong genetic component. If you have a close family member who suffers from asthma, your risk level is elevated.

Allergies are also a contributing factor in many cases of asthma. If you have allergies, exposure to triggers can cause an asthma attack. An estimated 80% of asthma sufferers also have allergies.

What are common asthma triggers?

Many different things can trigger an asthma attack. Learning to identify your specific triggers is an important part of your personalized treatment plan.

Some common asthma triggers include:

  • Pollen
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroach particles
  • Certain foods
  • Certain food preservatives
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Air pollution

Once you know the things that trigger your asthma, you can take steps to reduce exposure and stave off attacks.

How is asthma treated?

In addition to avoiding triggers, medication can help manage asthma. Inhaled anti-inflammatory drugs can save your life in the event of a serious asthma attack, and work to swiftly reduce inflammation and open airways. Called bronchodilators, these medications are not for use in controlling asthma on a long-term basis.

Other medications include corticosteroids, anticholinergics, and antibiotics. Your treatment plan may include a combination of medications, and the dosing may shift over time. If you notice changes in your breathing function or experience unusual side effects, Dr. Basit or Dr. De Castro can alter your treatment plan.

An asthma nebulizer works to transform liquid medications to a mist you can inhale into your lungs. This approach can be a good fit for those who have trouble using smaller, handheld inhalers.  

If you’re ready to explore a new asthma management approach, book a visit with De Castro & Basit, MDs. Online scheduling is available, or simply call to check appointment availability.