Asthma Specialist

SteadFast Primary Care

Primary Care & Family Medicine Physician located in Katy Ranch Crossing, Katy, TX

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 25 million Americans are living with asthma, including around 5 million children. For those in and around Katy, Texas, Silvia Los, MD, of SteadFast Primary Care is an outstanding resource for asthma diagnostics and treatment. Book your visit today using the simple online tool or call to check appointment availability.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by narrowed airways. People with asthma have a hard time getting enough air in and out of their lungs. Some people only experience mild symptoms and are able to live relatively normal lives, while others find the condition debilitating. 

Researchers are uncertain of the exact causes of asthma, but they believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors are to blame. There is a clear connection between allergies and asthma, so you have a higher risk of developing asthma if you are allergic to one or more substances. 

 People exposed to cigarette smoke during childhood, those who work around chemicals or industrial dust, and people who live in areas with high pollution all face a higher risk of developing asthma. 

What are some symptoms of asthma?

Knowing what to look for can make it easier to know when to seek care for asthma. Some of the signs and symptoms linked to this common breathing disorder include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or whistling sounds when you exhale
  • Coughing, especially in the morning or at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Sleep disruption

Many people find their symptoms worsen during periods of exercise or physical exertion, at night, or when they are emotionally upset. While occasional breathing trouble is normal, if you experience symptoms frequently or find yourself limiting your activities to avoid symptoms, it may be time to come in for a diagnostic examination. 

How is asthma treated?

If Dr. Los determines you have asthma, she creates a customized treatment plan to suit your needs. Medications may play a role in reducing or controlling symptoms. Some work to open your airways, while others alter your body’s inflammatory response. 

There are drugs that deliver immediate effects and those that work over a longer term to manage symptoms. It often takes a process of trial and error to determine which combination of medications deliver the best effects, and your drug therapy may shift and change over time. 

If allergies are causing or worsening your asthma, your treatment plan may focus on controlling your body’s immune response. Learning which allergens trigger a reaction and taking steps to avoid exposure can also go a long way toward improving your symptoms. 

People with asthma can live active, healthy lives. Working with a great family medicine specialist like Dr. Los is a great place to begin, so call the office today to set up an appointment, or schedule online in just moments.