Asthma Specialist

Care and Cure AZ

Sandhya Venugopal, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Phoenix, AZ

An estimated 25 million people in the United States have asthma. To protect your health and prevent asthma attacks, primary care physician Sandhya Venugopal, MD, offers comprehensive asthma care at Care and Cure AZ in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Venugopal provides on-site diagnostic services, including lung function testing, and she tailors asthma treatments to your individual needs. If you struggle with asthma-related symptoms, don’t delay getting an evaluation. You can request an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking system.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation, narrowing, and extra mucus production in the airways. This makes it increasingly difficult for people with asthma to catch their breath and take in enough oxygen.

The symptoms of asthma can develop when you are exposed to certain triggers, such as allergens, environmental irritants, or stress. Asthma-related breathing issues can also occur in specific situations, such as when you are physically active.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma can result in a number of symptoms that develop suddenly and can worsen without treatment. These symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulties breathing

For some people, severe asthma symptoms, known as an asthma attack, can become a life-threatening situation. When rescue medications aren’t enough to alleviate symptoms, this type of reaction requires immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital or by calling 911.

How is asthma diagnosed?

During your diagnostic evaluation for asthma, Dr. Venugopal examines you and reviews your medical and family history.

To assess your breathing, Dr. Venugopal may request a lung function test, which measures how much air you can bring in and out of your lungs.

If Dr. Venugopal confirms your symptoms result from asthma and aren’t caused by another underlying medical issue, she creates a treatment plan to address both the short-term and long-term symptoms of asthma.

How is asthma treated?

While there’s no cure for asthma, Dr. Venugopal ensures that your condition is well-controlled. Your treatment plan may involve the use of allergy medications that alleviate narrowing and inflammation in your airways.

Medications for asthma may be short-acting or long-acting, depending on your needs. Short-acting rescue medicines are often delivered through an inhaler to quickly open airways and help you breathe easier. 

Some people may do better with rescue medications delivered with a nebulizer machine during an asthma attack or through breathing treatments at home or at the office. Maintenance medications often help prevent inflammation in the airways. 

Dr. Venugopal can also discuss the need to limit activities and exposure to allergy triggers to reduce the frequency and severity of future asthma attacks.

If you suspect you have asthma or you need a compassionate, reliable provider to manage asthma symptoms, schedule a consultation at Care and Cure AZ today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.