Asthma Specialist

Pulmonology & Sleep Center

Frederick Tackey, MD

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine & General Medicine located in Boynton Beach, FL & Delray Beach, FL

Asthma is a very common condition that affects more than 25 million people in the United States. If you’re suffering from asthma symptoms, the Pulmonology & Sleep Center in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, Florida, provides effective, high-quality treatment. Led by Frederick Tackey, MD, the practice has over a decade of experience treating a wide range of pulmonary disorders. For expert asthma treatment, call or book an appointment online today.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and swelling in your airways. Asthma can restrict your breathing and limit your daily activities. 

The symptoms of asthma range from mild to severe and can become life-threatening. There is no cure for asthma, but there are several safe and effective ways to manage the condition. 

What causes asthma?

The exact cause of asthma is still unclear. Experts believe there are certain factors that can increase your chances of developing asthma. These include:

  • Genetics
  • Having allergies
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Exposure to chemical fumes and pollution

It’s also unclear why some people get asthma, and others don’t. Asthma is one of the most common conditions in America. Asthma makes it difficult to breathe and can lead to permanent changes to your airways. 

With the right treatment from the Pulmonology & Sleep Center, it is possible to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle while having asthma.  

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms include:

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

If you experience frequent bouts of coughing or wheezing that lasts more than a few days, the Pulmonology & Sleep Center can determine if you have asthma. The symptoms of asthma often worsen during physical activity and when you’re exposed to cold, dry air. 

Exposure to allergens (like pollen) or chemical fumes can also worsen asthma symptoms. If you think you have asthma or you’ve noticed your condition worsen, the Pulmonology & Sleep Center can help you find the treatment to get your symptoms under control. 

How is asthma treated?

Because asthma is a long-term chronic condition, the key to effectively managing symptoms is developing the right treatment plan. Your treatment plan provides you with comprehensive tools for minimizing your asthma symptoms. 

To develop a treatment plan, your doctor performs a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam and a close look at your medical history. 

They might also perform a blood test, lung function test (spirometry), or allergy testing to determine if an underlying condition triggers your symptoms. 

Depending on your needs, your asthma treatment plan may include:

  • Quick-relief inhaler
  • Asthma control medications
  • Allergy medications
  • Allergy avoidance

If you suffer from asthma, the Pulmonology & Sleep Center can help you determine the best way to manage your symptoms. To get started on your treatment plan, call one of the offices or book online today.