Asthma Specialist

Washington Healthcare Center

Internists & Podiatrists located in Pasadena, CA

If you’re one of the estimated 26 million Americans living with asthma, you want a physician who will be your partner in improving your lung function and health. Dr. Marina Manvelyan, Dr. Gregor Paronian, and Dr. Michael Avakian at Washington Healthcare Center in Pasadena, California, offer expert asthma management services, including medications, breathing treatments, and pulmonary function tests. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition where your airways are inflamed and often clogged with mucus. This reduces the space available for air to pass in and out of your lungs and causes disturbing symptoms like:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Increased risk of respiratory infections
  • Asthma attacks


What causes asthma?

The exact reason some people develop asthma and others don’t isn’t always clear. However, your family history may be an important factor, and there are strong links between asthma and allergies. Many asthma symptoms, including inflamed airways, excess mucus production, and the intense coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, indicate an asthma attack are triggered by airborne allergens like pollen and dust.

Asthma triggers vary from person to person but may include:

  • Airborne allergens like pollen, dust spores, and pet dander
  • Physical activity
  • Cold air
  • Certain pollutants or smoke
  • Stress or strong emotions
  • Certain medications or preservatives


How is asthma diagnosed?

If you think you’re experiencing asthma symptoms, call or make an appointment online with the team at Washington Healthcare Center. Try to stay calm, even if the symptoms are distressing. When you meet with your doctor, they’ll listen to your lungs and ask you questions about your symptoms and your personal and family medical history.

They also test your pulmonary (lung) function with a variety of tools like a spirometer, which measures the volume of air entering and leaving your lungs and estimates the narrowing of your airways, and a peak flow test that measures how hard you can exhale.


How is asthma treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma, but with effective breathing treatments you can manage your symptoms and lead a healthy and active life.

Your doctor will prescribe medication to reduce inflammation in your airways to help you breathe easier. Asthma medication is typically prescribed for either long-term control or quick relief from an asthma attack or symptom flare-up. The medications are often prescribed in a form that you inhale directly into your lungs, although oral medications are also available.

Your doctor will also offer recommendations on lifestyle modifications and avoidance techniques to both limit your risk of asthma attacks and improve your overall lung function. This may include adding more physical activity to your daily habits or making sure to keep your windows closed during peak pollen season.

For expert asthma treatment, call or schedule an appointment online at Washington Healthcare Center today.