Asthma is a lifelong disease, and everyone's asthma is different. Some people have little or no symptoms, while others have those that are frequent or constant. Some have allergies, while others do not. Although asthma may be a lifelong condition, you can manage and control it. At California Pacific Medical Center, asthma specialists, particularly at the Comprehensive Asthma Program, work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and helps you reduce symptoms. We also offer a self-guided, online asthma management class, with videos and handouts on a wide variety of asthma topics.
First we confirm your asthma diagnosis, so that we can be sure that there’s no other reason for your symptoms. We can then focus on treatment. Treatment plans vary from person to person and may include a mix of therapies, procedures and medications.
Your doctors may first help you identify triggers to avoid, such as pollen, dander, fumes or smoke. They will then diagnose and treat related diseases such as heartburn or seasonal allergies.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can also help you control your asthma.
Your doctors will prescribe asthma medications based on your age, symptoms, severity of your asthma and possible side effects.
Your doctor may recommend allergen immunotherapy with a referral to an allergist for allergy shots or under-the-tongue tablets.