As a leading family practice doctor serving the Culver City, Los Angeles, CA, area, Dr. Villagomez helps patients with asthma control their symptoms and understand their unique triggers so they can improve their breathing and enjoy better health.
Asthma is a disease that causes the bronchi, tubes that transport air into and out of your lungs, to become inflamed and tighten or spasm. Asthma is especially common among children, but adults can also have it. In recent years, the disease has been growing in prevalence.
Symptoms are most prominent during an attack or flareup.
Dr. Villagomez will talk to you about your symptoms and listen to your lungs as you breathe in and out to check for wheezing, one of the telltale signs of asthma. He may also ask you to perform a simple breath test that measures how well you're able to expel air from your lungs. Because asthma tends to run in families, he'll also ask you about other members of your family who may have asthma or allergies. In some cases, he may also order imaging tests like chest x-rays to rule out other conditions.
Asthma attacks occur in response to a triggering event or irritant, such as pollen, smoke, mold or pet dander, heavy exercise or extreme temperatures. Different people may have different triggers, and not every person will experience an attack in the same way. Knowing your own triggers can help you avoid attacks or at least anticipate them.
Dr. Villagomez can prescribe medicine that can be used during flareups to relax your airways and make it easier to breathe. Asthma medications are typically inhaled using a portable inhaler or a device called a nebulizer. These medications can help stop spasms that tighten your airways and make it difficult to breathe.