OPES Health Channelside

Dentists & Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

On average 1 in 12 people had asthma in 2009, and if you are dealing with it now, Victor Cruz, MD can help. His practice, OPĒS Health Channelside, serves Tampa, Florida and the surrounding area, and he can perform an on-site pulmonary functioning test to assess the problem and provide an appropriate asthma treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cruz for your asthma by using the online tool or calling the office.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory condition that develops when your airways narrow or swell. Often, you produce extra mucus as well.
The severity of asthma varies from person to person. Some people experience only minor symptoms that are a nuisance, while others experience severe breathing difficulties that can be life-threatening.

What symptoms does asthma cause?

You might experience minor discomfort when you breathe. Sometimes, you wheeze or have shortness of breath and chest pain from asthma. The wheezing may sound like a whistling noise every time you exhale. It’s possible to experience episodes of coughing, too.

Your symptoms could worsen as a result of an infection such as a cold or the flu. Additionally, asthma symptoms may arise as a result of allergies such as mold or pollen.

What causes asthma?

The cause of asthma isn’t known. Physicians aren’t sure why some people have asthma, but researchers believe it occurs from genetics or environmental factors. Some factors increase your risk of having asthma, such as:

  • Having a blood relative with asthma
  • Being overweight
  • Being a smoker
  • Having another allergic condition
  • Exposure to fumes from hairdressing, farming, or manufacturing

How does a physician diagnose asthma?

Dr. Cruz starts by taking your medical history so he can attempt to rule out other issues. Next, he listens to your breathing to determine if you have any wheezing.

In his office, he performs a lung function test such as spirometry. This diagnostic test checks for narrowing in your bronchial tubes. During the test, he asks you to exhale to see how deep and fast you can breathe out. He might also use a peak flow test to determine how hard you can breathe.

Further testing is sometimes necessary. For instance, Dr. Cruz may order imaging or an allergy test.  

How does a physician treat asthma?

You can’t cure asthma, though sometimes you grow out of it. In the meantime, Dr. Cruz takes measures to manage your condition.

Typically, Dr. Cruz prescribes a rescue inhaler consisting of albuterol to provide immediate relief. He may also prescribe a long-term medication such as an inhaled corticosteroid, long-acting beta agonist, theophylline, or leukotriene modifier.

In addition, he might give you lifestyle advice or prescribe ways to manage the underlying problem.

Find relief from your asthma symptoms at OPĒS Health Channelside by scheduling an appointment online or by calling the office.

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