Respiratory Infections and Asthma Management
How long does it take to schedule a new patient appointment for evaluation and treatment of respiratory infections and asthma?
Typically only a couple of days. If you pay out-of-pocket we can see you the next business day. If you want to use your insurance it may take 3-5 days.
Do you accept new patients with respiratory infections and asthma?
Yes, we do. We ask to bring available reports, blood tests from other providers and current regiment of medications.
Do you routinely screen for asthma in the office?
Yes, we do a physical exam to detect wheezing in the lungs and perform measurement of the lungs’ volume through a breathing test called Spirometry.
What are the most common causes of respiratory infections and asthma?
A majority of upper respiratory infections are due to self-limited viral infections. Occasionally, bacterial infections may cause upper respiratory infections. Most often, upper respiratory infection is contagious and can spread from person to person by inhaling respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. Respiratory infections include the common cold, the flu, pneumonia, and other infections. These common illnesses can affect your lungs when you have asthma. They can cause inflammation (swelling) and narrowing of your airways. These changes could trigger asthma symptoms (an asthma episode or an asthma attack).
Who is mostly affected by respiratory infections and asthma?
Anyone may contract the respiratory infection by inhaling respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. Regardless of the type of infection infectious particles causes inflammation (swelling) and narrowing of your airways. These changes could trigger asthma symptoms. Smokers, young children and elderly, patients with weak immune system and some hereditary disorders are in the high-risk group.
What are the most common complications of untreated or poorly treated respiratory infections and asthma?
Untreated asthma and respiratory infections can change the shape of the airways. The tissue of the bronchial tubes becomes thickened and scarred. People with untreated respiratory intentions and asthma have an increased risk for respiratory failure.
Is life expectancy affected by respiratory infections and asthma?
Individuals with untreated respiratory infections and asthma have a significantly higher risk of hospitalization and death and as result a shorter life-expectancy than patients adequately and timely treated. Seeking medical attention ASAP may save you a lot of unnecessary complications and problems.
What is the best course of action for patients with respiratory infections and asthma?
Prevention, early diagnosis, and adequate treatment are keys to success in the management of patients with respiratory infections and asthma.
What are the common side effects of treatment for respiratory infections and asthma?
Allergic reactions, diarrhea, oral thrush, vaginal candida growth, palpitations occasionally may happen during a course of treatment.
How frequently do you typically need to follow up for well-controlled asthma?
Well controlled asthma without complications and side effects from the medications usually requires 3-4 office visits a year. We typically perform a physical examination, check lung volumes to get an objective measure of asthma status, review and adjust medications and administer vaccines for flu and pneumonia prevention.