Approximately 18.9 million adults in the United States are living with asthma. Dr. Stevanovic is an internal medicine physician with more than 25 years’ experience diagnosing and managing chronic conditions like asthma.
To find relief from your asthma symptoms, call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease that interferes with the ability to breathe. During an asthma attack, the airways to the lungs grow narrow and become inflamed. This makes breathing difficult and reduces the flow of oxygen to the lungs. The symptoms of asthma can vary from mild to severe and may include chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing.
Asthma typically begins in childhood, but it can be equally debilitating for adults. It is responsible for 14.2 million lost work days each year. When left untreated, asthma can lead to serious health problems, even death.
What causes asthma?
While its exact cause is unknown, several environmental and health conditions can trigger asthma attacks, such as smoking, sinus infections, severe heartburn, vigorous exercise, certain medications, upper respiratory infections, and allergens in the environment or food. Asthma symptoms and triggers vary from person to person. It’s important to tell Dr. Stevanovic if you are aware of any factors that worsen your condition.
How is asthma diagnosed?
Dr. Stevanovic offers on-site access to a full range of tests to accurately diagnose your asthma condition, including blood and spirometry breathing tests. To clearly gauge your lung function, a spirometry test measures not only the amount of air you can breathe in, but also evaluates how quickly you can exhale.
In addition to a spirometry test, Dr. Stevanovic performs a physical exam, reviews your family history, and evaluates your symptoms. If allergies might be responsible for your asthma attacks, he may recommend blood tests to determine your allergic sensitivity and identify your triggers.
How is asthma treated?
There’s no cure for asthma, but Dr. Stevanovic offers a variety of strategies, including quick-relief and long-term medications to reduce your symptoms and the frequency of your attacks. He also offers nebulizer treatments. A nebulizer is a breathing machine that changes liquid asthma medication into a mist, making the medication easier to inhale deeply into your lungs.