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Asthma

Susan Estrella-Eades, MSN, CRNP, a nurse practitioner at the Temple Lung Center, provides an overview of asthma, including how this condition is diagnosed and common causes or “triggers” that can bring on an attack.
Susan Estrella-Eades, MSN, CRNP, a nurse practitioner at the Temple Lung Center, provides an overview of asthma, including how this condition is diagnosed and common causes or “triggers” that can bring on an attack.

Asthma is a lung condition that causes the airways to become swollen and inflamed periodically and to produce excess mucous. This swelling, inflammation and extra mucous can make it more difficult to breathe, or can cause wheezing or coughing.

In asthma, the airways usually don’t remain swollen and inflamed all the time. Instead, the airways only swell and become inflamed at certain times. When this happens, it is called an asthma attack. Asthma attacks can be relatively mild, or they can be much more severe or even life threatening.

Asthma often begins during childhood, but it can affect people of any age. It may be relatively mild, causing only minor nuisance, or very serious, interfering with day-to-day activities.

Learn about diagnostic tests we perform and how asthma is treated and controlled.

Having Asthma and GERD

Sometimes patients with asthma also have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which can worsen their symptoms. It's common for GERD to trigger asthma symptoms because the nerves in the lower esophagus are connected to the nerves in the lungs.

It's important to see an experienced physician who can accurately diagnose GERD, since other conditions can mimic it. At the Temple Lung Center, our physicians are uniquely trained to identify these nuances, so that you can manage both your asthma and GERD.

Ready for an Appointment?

If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of asthma, or still not finding relief, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

Learn more about our doctors and care team who diagnose and treat asthma.