Asthma not only makes it difficult to breathe but sometimes it feels like a heavy weight is sitting on your chest. Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley, an internist practicing in Houston, Texas can help patients of all ages to diagnose asthma symptoms and develop a plan to manage asthma.
Asthma Q & A
How do you diagnose asthma?
Dr. Medley can help you diagnose your condition. Be sure to keep a record of when you have difficulty breathing, and the times and places you’ve experienced symptoms like chest tightness or wheezing. During your appointment, be prepared to share your medical history and how your activity level has changed over time. If you have asthma, Dr. Medley won’t be able to cure it, but she can make it possible for you to manage it effectively with strategies like lifestyle changes and or medication, such as an inhaler. If you think you may be suffering from asthma, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.
How can you manage asthma in the workplace?
When you come to Dr. Medley’s office, she’ll examine you and ask questions about your medical history and working conditions, to get a better sense of the potentially problematic substances you may encounter. People who experience breathing problems at work — such as tightness in the chest or wheezing — might have occupational asthma. Symptoms can be exacerbated especially if a patient is exposed to harmful gases, fumes from chemicals, excessive dust or other substances.
How does Dr. Medley treat asthma?
There’s no way to cure asthma, but there certainly are ways to control the condition with things like lifestyle changes, maintaining a healthy weight or even using an inhaler. Dr. Medley can develop a plan to manage your asthma. If you experience occasional shortness of breath, keep a journal of your symptoms and when they occur. Share the journal with Dr. Medley, so she can determine if there are any triggers that make breathing more difficult for you.
If you can’t breathe or believe they’re having an asthma attack, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.