Asthma

Flash Gordon, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Ross Valley Medical

Flash Gordon, MD

Primary Care Physician & Medical Aesthetics Center located in Greenbrae, CA

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects about 25 million Americans. While that number is set to keep rising, most patients with asthma can prevent attacks by avoiding triggers and using prescribed medication. Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. tests, teaches, and treats patients in Marin County and Greenbrae, California, with breathing issues, of whom many didn’t know that asthma was the cause. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment to get tested.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease in which your airways become inflamed and narrow. Your airways transport oxygen in and out of your lungs. When they become inflamed, it makes it hard for you to get enough air to breathe. 

Along with breathing difficulties, you may also have symptoms like:

  • Chest tightness
  • Persistent coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest colds in a non-smoker

If you don’t treat your inflammation, you can trigger a severe asthma attack that doesn’t get better with immediate treatment at home. This can become a life-threatening emergency that needs immediate medical attention. Asthma also may cause chronic lung disease, like emphysema if not treated.

What causes asthma?

There’s no one cause of asthma. Attacks are caused by a variety of factors, like:

  • Airborne irritants, such as pollen and dust
  • Respiratory infections
  • Intense physical activity
  • Cold, dry air
  • Acid reflux 

Overweight and smoking also increase your risk.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. does onsite physical examinations and spirometry diagnostic testing to evaluate the health of your lungs and how well you breathe. If you have breathing difficulty, get frequent colds, and aren’t a smoker, you can benefit from getting this test.

If you have a confirmed case of asthma, Dr. gordon develops an individualized treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and help you better manage your condition. 

How can you take control of your asthma?

The only way to live with asthma is to take charge of your health by understanding your triggers and how to manage your symptoms. 

Dr. gordon may recommend medication like an inhaler for quick symptom relief when you have an attack, or oral medication for longer-term therapy if your case is severe. 

Dr. gordon believes that understanding what your triggers are and learning to reduce your exposure to them as much as possible is a key component to reducing your symptoms. If your attacks are triggered by airborne irritants, Dr. gordon may suggest getting an air filter. Certain foods may also trigger your asthma, and Dr. gordon helps you identify these foods so you can avoid them.

Dr. gordon works closely with you to educate you to manage your asthma and reduce your risk of developing other health complications. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment for an asthma evaluation today.