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Asthma Specialist

Advante Health

Primary Care Providers located in Bowie, MD & Rockville, MD

Asthma is a persistent, long-term condition that affects the airways of your lungs, making it harder to breathe. Asthma affects people of all ages and requires ongoing medical management to improve breathing and prevent life-threatening symptoms. The team at Advante Health specializes in diagnosing and treating asthma. For expert care from a professional team, call the office in Bowie or Rockville, Maryland, today, or book an appointment online.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lung disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the airways. The airway passages are the tubes that carry oxygen into your lungs and expel carbon dioxide.

When swollen and inflamed, the airways narrow, making it difficult to breathe. This causes shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.

In some people, asthma causes mild symptoms. In others, asthma can cause severe, life-threatening symptoms. Asthma symptoms can also get worse over time.

Whether your asthma is mild or severe, you need ongoing medical care to keep an eye on your lung condition and adjust your treatment to prevent life-threatening symptoms. Advante Health is a primary care practice that specializes in asthma management.

What causes asthma?

Researchers are still trying to discover what causes someone to develop asthma. However, they think that the long-term lung condition develops because of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

You might, however, notice that certain conditions or activities trigger your asthma symptoms. Common asthma triggers include:

  • Allergies
  • Respiratory infections
  • Exercise
  • Changes in the weather
  • Irritants in the air (for example, cigarette smoke, perfumes)
  • Stress
  • Medications

Knowing what triggers your asthma can help you to better manage it.

How is asthma diagnosed?

The Advante Health team diagnoses asthma after reviewing your symptoms and medical history and doing a physical exam. They will also run some diagnostic tests.

In addition to diagnosing asthma, your provider at Advante Health uses the information to classify your asthma based on its severity. Classification includes:

Mild intermittent

If your asthma symptoms appear up to two days a week or two nights a month, you have mild intermittent asthma.

Mild persistent

You have mild persistent asthma if your symptoms appear two or more times a week.

Moderate persistent

Asthma symptoms that show up more than once a day and more than one night a week are classified as moderate persistent asthma.

Severe persistent

Severe persistent asthma produces ongoing symptoms day and night.

How is asthma treated?

The team at Advante Health customizes your asthma treatment based on your asthma classification. Treatment focuses on preventing your asthma symptoms and helping you manage your breathing during an asthma attack.

Treatment includes:

  • Long-term control medications (inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers)
  • Rescue medications (short-acting beta-agonists, oral corticosteroids)
  • Allergy medications
  • Biologics (medications that control inflammation)
  • Lifestyle changes to avoid triggers

The team schedules regular follow-up appointments to keep an eye on your asthma and adjust your treatment when needed.

For professional management of your asthma by an experienced team, call Advante Health today or book an appointment online.