Our Approach to TreatmentHouston Methodist’s pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and staff are committed to patients with asthma, a complex condition requiring expert evaluation and management. Our pulmonologists work with you to determine the best treatment.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, making breathing difficult.
Experts do not know what causes asthma. Researchers think genetic and environmental factors merge, causing the condition, often during childhood. Common causes may include:
Symptoms can be mild and go away or abate after using medication. More intense symptoms indicate an asthma attack, also known as a flare up or an exacerbation. Immediate treatment may prevent a severe attack. Symptoms can include:
You and your health care providers will develop an action plan based on medications, asthma trigger avoidance, asthma control tracking and worsening symptom response. Patients may need:
Seek medical attention when:
- Symptoms occur more often, are more severe or interfere with sleep
- You limit activities or miss school or work
- Your peak flow number becomes lower than your personal best or drastically varies from day to day
- Asthma medications lose effectiveness
- You use your quick-relief inhaler more than two days a week
Our physicians at Houston Methodist specialize in managing asthma at the following convenient locations.