Asthma Specialist

Texas Premier Physicians

Bita Pour-Jafari, MD

Family Medicine located in Houston, TX

Approximately 8% of adults in the United States live with asthma according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Texas Premier Physicians, Bita Jafari, MD, is a knowledgeable physician offering innovative and personalized asthma treatments to give you much-anticipated relief from your uncomfortable symptoms. Dr. Jafari works with you to learn the best ways to identify and prevent or avoid your asthma triggers. Call the Houston office or book your personal consultation via the online scheduler.

Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a medical condition involving your airways and respiratory system. Inflammation results in a narrowing of the airways and breathing difficulties. Some of the symptoms of asthma include: 

  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

You might also have tightness and pain in your chest.

What is an asthma attack?

An asthma attack refers to the rapid worsening or onset of asthma symptoms. Your airways become swollen and narrow and mucus builds up during an asthma attack.

If it isn’t properly treated, an asthma attack can be dangerous. With restricted breathing, the symptoms are usually more severe.

What causes asthma?

When you have asthma, you have sensitive airways that react negatively to certain environmental triggers, such as: 

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Certain medications
  • Air pollution and smoke
  • Strong odors and irritants from cleaning solutions and perfumes
  • Allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites
  • Infections, such as colds or sinusitis

Exercise-induced asthma is a form of asthma that’s triggered by exercise.

How is asthma treated?

After diagnosing your asthma, Dr. Jafari works with you to determine what factors trigger your asthma.

Asthma treatments are usually centered around avoiding exposure to an allergen, improving your general health so there’s less chance you’ll have an asthma attack, and preventing an asthma attack.  The goal is often to reduce your reaction to your asthma triggers by improving your body’s tolerance to them.

Dr. Jafari might recommend certain allergy medications to reduce the chance of an asthma attack. She might also suggest other methods to improve your health, such as stress reduction, nutrition, appropriate exercise, and other lifestyle changes.

Preventive medications and devices are also beneficial for long-term use to reduce inflammation in your airways, such as inhalers and bronchodilators.  These devices are usually designed to open up swollen and restricted airways and enhance breathing capacity. For optimal results, Dr. Jafari often utilizes multiple asthma treatments simultaneously. 

Taking the time and energy to identify your asthma triggers is a great way to help you avoid them, if possible. 

You can also opt for treatments like immunotherapy, which focus on increasing your body’s tolerance to the allergen over time via the administration of consistent, safe, and controlled doses of the allergen.

Texas Premier Physicians treats a range of chronic diseases, such as COPD, allergies, adult ADD and ADHD, headaches, neuropathy, arthritis, acne, low testosterone, and more.

Kick your asthma into touch and boost your general health with innovative medical care. Call Texas Premier Physicians or book with the convenient online system.