Internal Medicine Can Help Treat Adult Asthma

Posted on: March 16, 2018

We encourage anyone who is struggling with adult asthma to call our office and schedule an appointment to speak with an internal medicine doctor. As one, we help a lot of patients who are struggling with a variety of health problems. Internal medicine is unique because it is a type of practice where only adults are treated and the entire body is evaluated from a scientific perspective with the understanding that all aspects of the body work together either correctly or insufficiently.

As such, we are investigators of sorts, always looking for ways to get to the bottom of what is causing our patients to have health challenges and treat each of those factors so that our patients can have the best possible health. We take the same approach when it comes to treating asthma-related symptoms. We want to know what is causing our patients to struggle with breathing, rather than only treating the symptoms.

We complete a thorough investigation

During an examination, we are not simply going to listen to the patient's breathing to diagnose asthma. In addition, we are going to do a full workup, including blood work to try to determine what is leading to respiratory symptoms. We want to understand anything that could be contributing to these symptoms in order to give our patients the best opportunity to improve their health over the long-term rather than just treating their symptoms.

Some of the things that we will check for during our investigation are:

1. Infections

If a person is suffering from a bronchial infection, it could make it difficult for them to breathe and cause other asthma symptoms such as tightness in the chest. Fortunately, we can treat this with antibiotics and once we do, the symptoms should go away.

2. Food allergies

Most people are unaware of how these can manifest in adulthood. While they are commonly associated with children, many adults will suddenly develop allergies later in life. Although it is not always clear as to why, undiagnosed allergies can cause inflammation and make it difficult for a person to breathe. By completing an allergy test, we can give patients the knowledge they need to avoid any foods they are allergic to. Even adults who have been suffering from asthma for years often find that their symptoms are reduced when they find out that they are allergic to certain foods and avoid them.

3. Environmental allergens

We also are on the lookout for any environmental allergens that could be causing our patients to have difficulty breathing. This could include things like pollen or dust. These things are more difficult to avoid but by taking allergy medication, asthma symptoms may be reduced.

These are just three of the factors that could be contributing to asthma or asthma-like symptoms. As an internal medicine doctor, we evaluate these and more to make our best determination regarding what could be causing our adult patients to suddenly develop asthma. Taking this step is absolutely critical because, otherwise, the only option a patient has is to manage their symptoms with long-term asthma medication. It is far better to identify anything that can be done to prevent asthma flare-ups in the first place.

Visit an internal medicine doctor

We encourage you to call our office and schedule an appointment today so that we can begin to determine what could be causing your asthma symptoms and empower you to make positive health choices and improve your health.