Asthma Treatment Specialist in Coral Gables, FL
Asthma is frequently triggered by allergens, irritants, medications, and extreme weather. Our doctors will work with you to identify the key triggers of your asthma and develop a plan to help you mitigate those triggers. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 6705 SW 57th Ave # 520 South Miami, FL 33143!
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Can we avoid asthma triggers?
Does medication help in asthma?
Is asthma the same as an allergic reaction?
What are the differences between childhood asthma and adult onset asthma?
What causes my asthma symptoms? How do I know when I need to see an asthma specialist?
For millions of people, chronic asthma symptoms can make it difficult to enjoy everyday activities. If you are an adult struggling with your asthma or seeking a diagnosis for your breathing problems, the experienced asthma doctors at Piniella Asthma + Allergy can help. We provide comprehensive assessment and treatment protocols for those who are suffering with asthma. While there is no cure for asthma, we can help you manage this condition. Asthma is frequently triggered by allergens, irritants, medications, and extreme weather. Our doctors will work with you to identify the key triggers of your asthma and develop a plan to help you mitigate those triggers.
However, it may be impossible to avoid the triggers of asthma, and therefore medication is often needed. Medications can offer quick relief and long term control. We realize that some patients may be hesitant to take medication because of the possible side effects. Our allergists will work with you to find the right medication or combination to help control your asthma without side effects.
Long-term medications are taken every day regardless of your symptoms. These are often the best way to control your asthma. You should consult with our doctors about what kind of medications you should take along with the appropriate dosage. The overall goal is for you to feel your best with the least amount of medication. You should never change or stop a prescription without consulting with one of our doctors first.
Another treatment used to help control asthma are allergy shots. While this may take several years to be fully effective, your body will be constantly exposed to the triggers that cause your asthma. At first, it will be in small amounts, but over time your body will begin to build up a tolerance to these triggers. As your body develops a tolerance, your asthma symptoms should decrease. Without this treatment you will still be exposed to allergens and will have life long asthma, so consult with our allergists to see if an allergy shot regimen is right for you.
Asthma and allergies are different conditions. However, asthma can often be triggered by allergic reactions to substances like pollen, dust, or pet dander. Asthma symptoms manifest when inflammation of the respiratory airways restricts the airflow in and out of the lungs. Asthma symptoms can be short-lived or last for days, depending the patient’s condition. Constriction of the airways can produce extra mucus and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightening, and shortness of breath. Allergies are caused when your body’s immune system attacks certain substances. While some of the symptoms may be similar depending on the person who is experiencing them, allergic reactions and asthma are two distinct conditions. Treating your allergies can help prevent worsening asthma symptoms by preventing one of the most common asthma triggers.
For most children, asthma symptoms may manifest intermittently when triggered by certain activities or stimuli. For older adults who have been newly diagnosed, their symptoms are often persistent and noticeable daily. Additionally, adults may have a higher chance of developing asthma at a later stage in their life if they are obese or are often exposed to irritants including mold, dust, cigarette smoke, or certain work materials. Men are less likely than women to develop asthma after the age of 20. While adult onset asthma is less common than childhood asthma, it can be just as disruptive to your daily life. From taking the stairs at work to completing chores around the house, if you can’t breathe, you can’t be as productive as you would like to be. At Piniella Asthma + Allergy, our adult asthma doctors can provide the care you need to help you breathe better.
Approximately 1/3 of cases of adult asthma are prompted by allergies. Asthma can also be triggered by environmental factors such as chemical fumes or gases and some people may experience exercise-induced asthma which can be more noticeable during colder or dry months. If you notice that you are increasingly short of breath, suffer from chronic coughing or wheezing, or feel a tightness in your chest while performing normal physical activity, it may be time to schedule a visit with an asthma doctor. An experienced specialist can perform pulmonary function testing and a physical exam to determine whether asthma is the culprit and discuss your treatment options with you, so you can decide how best to manage your symptoms with the help of an experienced physician.
At Piniella Asthma + Allergy, you can depend on our highly experienced medical staff to provide you with the highest quality asthma treatment in the Coral Gables area. We are available five days a week for your convenience. Piniella Asthma + Allergy in Coral Gables is located at 6705 SW 57th Ave, Ste 520 Coral Gables, FL 33143. We are open Mon-Thurs: 9am-6pm, Tues-Wed: 8am-5pm, Fri: 7am-4pm. For a complete list of carriers we work with, visit our insurance page. Don’t see your insurance listed? Call our friendly staff at (305) 515-5922, and we’ll research what options are available for you. We serve patients from Coral Gables FL, Palmetto Bay FL, Westchester FL, Brownsville FL, Kendall FL, Pinecrest FL, Richmond West FL, and Goulds FL.
We look forward to helping you at Piniella Asthma + Allergy.