Asthma Specialist Questions and Answers
If you are looking for an asthma specialist near you, visit Minit Medical Urgent Care for a proper check-up and comprehensive treatment. For more information, please call us or book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in Kahului HI, Kihei HI, and Lahaina HI.
Asthma is a chronic disease wherein the airways experience increased inflammation and mucus production, which narrows the airways and increases breathing difficulties. As such, it can be a challenging and frustrating condition to deal with. However, it is also a highly treatable condition, and countless individuals with asthma continue to live meaningful lives without being hindered by their condition. At Minit Medical Urgent Care, our asthma specialists wish the same for every patient with asthma that we see and treat. As such, we would be happy to provide you with high-quality treatment if you are dealing with asthma.
What does an asthma specialist do?
An asthma specialist is typically either an allergist, pulmonologist, or primary care doctor with additional training in asthma treatment and management. With that in mind, an asthma specialist is trained to diagnose, treat, and manage asthma for patients.
At Minit Medical Urgent Care, our primary care doctors and asthma specialists include emergency medicine doctors, family medicine doctors, and internal medicine doctors.
What are the types of asthma?
There are several different types of asthma, including the following:
- Adult-onset Asthma: simply put, adult-onset asthma is asthma that develops in adulthood as opposed to childhood.
- Allergic Asthma: also known as allergy-induced asthma, allergic asthma is asthma that develops due to an allergic reaction, with worse symptoms during allergy season.
- Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS): this syndrome occurs when individuals have asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at the same time.
- Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB): EIB is a type of asthma that occurs when a person’s airways narrow during exercise or physical activity.
- Nonallergic asthma: also known as non-atopic asthma, this type of asthma involves symptoms that do not occur as a result of an allergen but rather due to such things as extreme weather, illness, or stress.
- Occupational asthma: This type of asthma occurs due to prolonged exposure to inhaled irritants at a person’s work or place of employment.
What causes asthma?
While the precise cause of asthma is unclear, research has shown it appears to develop in individuals due to some combination of genetics, as asthma often runs in families, and environmental factors, such as exposure to pollution or second-hand smoke.
With that being said, there are several known triggers of asthma symptoms or episodes, which can include any of the following:
- Air pollution
- Certain medications, such as aspirin, beta-blockers, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Charcoal grills
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Exercise and physical activity
- Extreme weather, dry wind, or sudden changes in weather
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Particular foods and additives, such as red wine, pickled foods, shrimp, or potatoes
- Sinusitis or other respiratory infections
- Smoke, whether from tobacco or a wood fire
- Stress or intense emotions
- Strong fumes, odors, and vapors
- Various allergens, such as animal dander, dust, mold, or pollen
What are the treatment options available for asthma?
Treatment options for asthma typically involve a combination of healthy habits, trigger avoidance, and both short-acting and long-acting medications. With that in mind, some specific treatment options for asthma include the following:
- Biologics, which are regular infusions or shots that prevent airway swelling for moderate to severe asthma
- Bronchodilators, which relax airway muscles to ease breathing
- Corticosteroids, which reduce swelling, inflammation, and mucus in the airways
- Diet and meal plans specifically developed to improve asthma symptoms
- Nebulized cromolyn sodium
- Oral leukotriene modifiers
For an appointment or more information about asthma diagnosis and treatment at Minit Medical Urgent Care, please call us or visit one of our clinics for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from Lahaina HI, Kahului HI, Kihei HI, Launiupoko HI, Olowalu Hi, Wailuku HI, Kula HI, Makawao HI, Paia HI, Wailea HI, Haiku HI and Waihee-Waiehu HI.