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Asthma Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

An estimated 19 million adults and 6 million children have asthma. If asthma is affecting your breathing, the primary care team at Cima Medical Centers provides effective treatments to reduce inflammation, open your airways, and help restore your quality of life. Appointments are available with Israel Alvarado, MD, and Robert Webb, PA, at their four locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. Call the location nearest to you today, or book a consultation online.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition affecting children and adults. The condition causes repeated bouts of breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing that's especially bad at nighttime or in the early morning. 

Asthma affects the airways that transport air to and from your lungs. With asthma, these airways become:

  • Inflamed
  • Sensitive
  • Swollen
  • Mucus-filled 

Asthma also may cause your muscles to squeeze your airways, restricting your breathing even more. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Common signs of asthma are:

  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing 

Asthma symptoms can be mild or flare-up in a severe attack. An asthma attack, which can be life-threatening, requires immediate medical treatment.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Diagnosing asthma is the first step toward clearer breathing that’s free of asthma symptoms. Your Cima Medical Centers provider performs a physical exam of your chest, ears, throat, nose, and eyes. They listen for wheezing and congestion and look for skin rashes to see whether an underlying allergy might be triggering your asthma symptoms.

Because asthma runs in families, your provider asks if your relatives have asthma or allergies. They ask to describe when you have an asthma attack to identify substances or circumstances that trigger your asthma.

You may need to take a breath test, which involves blowing into a hollow tube called a spirometer. This simple, safe test helps your Cima Medical Centers provider evaluate whether your lungs are functioning properly or not.

You may need a chest X-ray to help confirm your diagnosis or a skin test to see if you react to allergens. Cima Medical Centers provides an onsite lab for your convenience.

Can you cure asthma?

Although there’s no cure for asthma, proper treatment helps to manage your symptoms, so you enjoy a full, healthy life. The team at Cima Medical Centers actively monitors your condition to promote your overall wellbeing while living with asthma.

How is asthma treated?

Treatment typically includes a combination of short- and long-term medications tailored to your age, overall health, and other factors. The goal of your treatment is to prevent uncomfortable symptoms, help your lungs work properly, and prevent asthma attacks that could result in a trip to the ER.

If you suspect you have asthma or a loved one does, call today or schedule a consultation online with Cima Medical Centers for an onsite evaluation of your asthma symptoms.