When you are affected by asthma symptoms, it can completely control your life and limit your capabilities. You don’t have to be held back by asthma, however, and the physicians at Xpress Wellness offer many services and medications that will help you get your asthma under control. If you suffer from asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or tightness in your chest, schedule a consultation for an asthma screening today. Breathe easy, and take back control of your life! If you are experiencing an asthma emergency, go to the emergency room!Otherwise, our urgent care and primary care services are available to help you.
Xpress Wellness can diagnose you with asthma by performing an asthma screening. Here is what you can expect during a typical asthma screening:
Examination of your nose, throat, and upper airways
Listening to your lungs, listening for whistling sounds typical of asthma
Examination to determine possible allergic reactions that cause asthma symptoms
The doctor will also ask you how often you experience asthma-like symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and a tight feeling in the chest.
Medical History & Asthma
Your doctor will also ask you about your medical history, and how it may impact your likelihood of having asthma. Common questions that determine this include:
Listing your symptoms
Frequency of asthma-like symptoms
Determining if something specific triggers your symptoms
Asthma in the family
Medications you currently take
Use of tobacco products
Determining if your occupation could trigger asthma symptoms
Lung Function Tests
Your doctor may want to perform a lung function test to determine the severity of your asthma symptoms. There are many lung function tests available, the most common of which is called spirometry, a simple breathing test that measures how much air your lungs can exhale, and at what force. This test helps your doctor determine the level of airway obstruction you may be experiencing. Following a test like this, your doctor can tell you if you are asthmatic, and if you are a mild, moderate, or severe case. Once this is determined, your doctor will help devise a plan of action to keep your asthma symptoms under control.
If it is determined that you have asthma, your doctor may prescribe medication to help control your symptoms. Medications for asthma include:
Controller medications, which reduce your susceptibility to asthma triggers.
Quick-relief medications and rescue inhalers which provide immediate relief of asthma symptoms. These are typically used sparingly since over-dependence on them means your asthma is not under control.
Other medications and treatments, depending on the severity of asthma detected.
Breathe Easy With Xpress Wellness
Don’t let asthma determine how you live your life! Xpress Wellness is more than just an urgent care facility. Take back control, and let Xpress Wellness develop an effective plan for getting your asthma symptoms under control. Schedule an asthma screening today! We love seeing our patients live happy, healthy lives because of the primary care services that we offer.