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Asthma Specialist

Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center

Adult Sleep Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep & Pediatric Neurologist located in San Antonio and New Braunfels

In the United States alone, as many as one in 13 people — both children and adults — have asthma. If you need help managing your asthma, the team of expert pulmonary specialists at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center can help. The practice boasts two San Antonio-based clinics in Nix Alamo Heights, Shavano Park, and Lockhill-Selma, Texas. You can book your appointment at the office nearest you by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling any location directly.

Asthma Q & A

What causes asthma?

The exact cause of asthma isn’t well understood, although underlying traits that tend to trigger asthma, such as allergies, tend to run in families. If you struggle to catch your breath or wheeze while breathing — signs of an asthma attack — the following factors could be triggering your symptoms:

  • Dust 
  • Exercise 
  • Hay fever 
  • Pollen, mold, or mildew
  • Exhaust or gas fumes, or pollution
  • Cigarette smoke, including secondhand smoke

The incidence of asthma has been on the rise for decades. Because of advancements in asthma treatment solutions though, asthma can certainly be manageable. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma leads to a wide variety of symptoms that can vary from minor to severe, depending on your asthma triggers. During an asthma attack, you may feel like you can’t catch your breath. You may also experience:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Severe coughing fits
  • Wheezing

Asthma can even make it difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep because of your symptoms. If any of these issues sound familiar, the highly skilled team at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center can help. They treat both pediatric and adult cases of asthma. 

Is there an effective treatment for asthma?

Yes! Your dedicated physician at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center performs a comprehensive exam, looks over your previous medical records, orders labs, and requests in-office X-rays (if needed) to help properly diagnose your asthma. 

Once your doctor gets to the root of your asthma, they can get you started on treatment, which may include:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Oral controller medications 
  • Quick-relief inhalers, such as short-acting beta-agonists
  • Combination inhalers (corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists)

If your doctor finds that you have allergy-induced asthma, you may need allergy treatments, such as immunotherapy (allergy shots) or allergy medications.

In any case, the compassionate medical team at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center understands how frightening an asthma attack can be. The team collaborates together to help you or your child find the best solution for your unique needs.  

Get started on your asthma treatment at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center by booking an exam at any office either online or over the phone today.