Asthma Specialist

Doctor Susan Kawakami

Family Medicine located in Downey, CA

More than 5 million adults and children in California have asthma and require medical care to minimize asthma attacks. At Doctor Susan Kawakami in Downey, California, the dedicated family medicine team specializes in the diagnosis and management of asthma. The team provides comprehensive and attentive care focused on your specific needs, and they work closely with you to develop a plant that helps you gain control over your asthma and improve your overall health and wellness. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking button.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes your airway passages to narrow, swell, and increase production of mucus. These lung changes affect your breathing and may lead to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Researchers aren’t certain what causes someone to develop asthma but theorize it may be due to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. You may be more at risk of developing the respiratory condition if it runs in your family, you suffer from allergies, you’re overweight, or you smoke cigarettes. 

Asthma can’t be cured, but it can be managed effectively, and with the help from the team at Doctor Susan Kawakami, you can get the care you need to gain control over your symptoms. 

What are asthma symptoms?

The type and severity of asthma symptoms differ from person to person. For some, asthma is only a minor nuisance, but for others, the symptoms may occur regularly. Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty sleeping because of shortness of breath or coughing

For some, asthma symptoms are only triggered in certain situations, such as exercise, exposure to respiratory irritants, or airborne allergens such as pollen or mold. Asthma symptoms can also worsen over time. 

How is asthma diagnosed?

The team at Doctor Susan Kawakami conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come in with symptoms of asthma. During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms, conducts a physical exam, and performs various tests to assess lung function. The team may also need to rule out other causes of your symptoms before diagnosing you with asthma.

Once diagnosed, the team classifies the severity of your asthma based on your symptoms and frequency of asthma attacks. The asthma classifications include:

  • Mild intermittent
  • Mild persistent
  • Moderate persistent
  • Severe persistent

Your asthma classification helps the team determine the best treatment plan to minimize your asthma attacks and control symptoms.

How is asthma treated?

The team at Doctor Susan Kawakami develops individualized treatment plans for the management of asthma based on your classification. To help you better manage your asthma, the team may first focus on helping you identify your asthma triggers so you can avoid them. 

For medical management of your asthma, the team may prescribe a long-term medication that you take daily to reduce lung inflammation and alleviate symptoms. The team also provides a quick-relief inhaler to help you manage an unexpected asthma attack.

The team closely monitors you and your asthma and adjusts your treatment plan as needed.

For comprehensive care from a team focused on all your health needs, call the office of Doctor Susan Kawakami or click the online booking button today.