Welcome to California Coast Family Practice!

Our clinician, Cameron Grant DNP, is a Nurse Practitioner who operates under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Dustin Bernard D.O.

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Asthma Specialist

California Coast Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Atascadero, CA

If you struggle to get a full breath of air, especially during physical activity, it could be because of asthma. At California Coast Family Practice in Atascadero, California, adult medicine specialist Cameron Grant, DNP, FNP, MPH, MSN, and his exceptional staff offer highly effective asthma treatments to help you breathe easier. Our clinician, Cameron Grant DNP, is a Nurse Practitioner who operates under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Dustin Bernard D.O. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is an ongoing condition that affects your breathing. It causes your airways to swell, narrow, and often produce extra mucus, making breathing more difficult. Asthma often accompanies seasonal allergies and can cause extreme breathing problems in some cases. See the California Coast Family Practice specialists at the first sign of breathing challenges. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Common symptoms you could experience if you have asthma include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing

These symptoms often worsen during exercise, when you have an illness, or during seasonal allergy flare-ups. Severe cases of asthma can be crippling or even life-threatening when left untreated. 

What are the risk factors for asthma?

The cause of asthma isn’t entirely clear, but the following factors may increase your risk of having it:

  • Being a smoker
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of asthma
  • Having seasonal allergies
  • Second-hand smoke exposure
  • Exposure to air pollution, chemicals, or exhaust

Asthma could develop because of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 

How does my doctor diagnose asthma?

To find out if you have asthma or how severe it is, California Coast Family Medicine experts discuss your symptoms and medical history with you. They check your vital signs, assess your breathing, and complete a physical exam.

California Coast Family Medicine experts use lung-function (breathing) tests to evaluate your ability to take a full breath of air before and after using an inhaler. 

What are common asthma treatments?

Common treatments for asthma include:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to alleviate breathing problems include using an air conditioner to reduce airborne allergens, keeping your home clean, and using a dehumidifier if needed.

Inhalers

Using an inhaler is one of the most common treatments for asthma. Many people use inhalers during physical activity or as needed to help them breathe easier. 

Allergy treatments

Treating allergies can reduce allergy-induced asthma symptoms. Examples of common allergy treatments include oral medications, nasal sprays, and allergy shots.

To learn more about asthma and find out if you have it, call the California Coast Family Practice office or book a visit online today.