Asthma

Jose L. Valdez, MD -  - Family Practitioner

Jose L. Valdez, MD

Family Practitioner located in Santa Ana, CA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.6% of American adults have asthma. Dr. Jose L. Valdez treats many adults with asthma in Santa Ana, California, and the surrounding communities. He provides a range of effective treatment options to help combat your uncomfortable symptoms and asthma triggers. To learn more about asthma and find relief with efficient, personalized medical care, call today to book your appointment with Dr. Valdez.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that involves inflammation of your airways. This inflammation causes your airways to narrow and leads to breathing difficulty and other uncomfortable symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • A painful, tight chest

What is an asthma attack?

An asthma attack is the rapid onset or worsening of your asthma symptoms that result in swollen, narrow airways that can become filled with mucus. Because asthma can restrict your breathing, asthma attacks can be dangerous when not properly controlled.

The appropriate medical management of your asthma provided by Dr. Valdez can reduce your risk of asthma attacks and improve your quality of life.

What causes asthma?

Asthma is characterized by sensitive, inflamed airways that can react to certain triggers in your environment — causing an asthma attack. Asthma triggers include but are not limited to:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Certain medications
  • Indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • Infections, such as colds or sinusitis
  • Strong odors and irritants from cleaning solutions or perfumes
  • Allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites

 

If exercise is a trigger for your asthma, you might have exercise-induced asthma.

Dr. Valdez devises a personal treatment plan to manage your asthma, so you can continue to engage in physical activities, get the benefits of exercise, and improve your overall quality of life.

What are the treatments for asthma?

To devise your personalized treatment plan, Dr. Valdez diagnoses your type of asthma and works to discover your asthma triggers. A variety of effective asthma treatments, with and without medications, are available.

Preventive treatments

Asthma is a chronic disease and enhancing your health reduces your chance of having an asthma attack.

Preventive medications and devices for long-term use, including inhalers and bronchodilators, reduce inflammation of your airways, open up swollen and restricted airways, and improve breathing.

Lifestyle changes

Dr. Valdez recommends effective lifestyle changes to treat asthma, such as eating foods that provide you with the proper nutrition, trying stress-reduction techniques, and engaging in regular exercise. He may suggest you use multiple asthma treatments simultaneously for best results.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy can increase your body’s tolerance to the allergen over time. Dr. Valdez administers shots containing small, controlled, consistent doses of the allergen at set time periods, typically around once a week over the course of seven months.

For top quality medical management for your asthma, phone the office to make an appointment today.

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