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Asthma & COPD

Asthma & COPD

Asthma & COPD services offered in Rancho Mirage, Blythe and Santa Maria, CA and Henderson, NV

If you have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) you understand how difficult it is to go through your daily routine while experiencing breathing problems. For residents of Rancho Mirage, Blythe, and Santa Maria, California, as well as Henderson, Nevada, Srinivas Vuthoori, MD, MBA, and the team at Officium Health, are wonderful resources for breathing challenges. Book a visit online or by phone today to learn more.  

Asthma & COPD Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by narrowed or inflamed airways. Your airways are the passageways that allow air to move into and out of your lungs, and when that flow of air is altered, your body can experience issues. 

As many as one out of every 13 people in America are living with asthma, including a significant number of children and people who are unaware they have the condition. Asthma is not curable, but can be managed with proper treatment. 

Many people find that certain substances or circumstances trigger an asthma attack, which is when you find yourself suddenly unable to get enough air. Cigarette smoke, air pollution, pollen, and even physical exertion can all cause asthma attacks. 

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that affects your breathing. The condition often develops gradually, as a result of ongoing exposure to particulate matter or irritating gasses. 

Emphysema can contribute to COPD. This health problem develops when the alveoli at the end of the smallest air passages of your lungs become damaged or destroyed. Chronic bronchitis is another primary contributor to COPD and develops when the lining of your bronchial tubes becomes inflamed. 

COPD is a progressive disease. That means the condition will continue to worsen over time. However, there are things you can do to improve your quality of life, control symptoms, and reduce the risk of complications that often come with COPD.

What are some signs I might have asthma or COPD?

Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to schedule a diagnostic assessment for asthma or COPD. Some of the symptoms shared between both conditions include:

  • Wheezing sounds when breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing

These symptoms often worsen during or after physical exertion or if you have a cold or the flu. Symptoms can come and go, and you may notice worsening symptoms as you near bedtime. 

Additional symptoms related to COPD include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet, and legs
  • Unintended weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms, come into Officium Health for a thorough diagnostic work-up. Booking a visit is a simple and straightforward process online or over the phone, so don’t delay.