More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma, which can significantly hinder your quality of life by making breathing difficult. Fortunately, internal medicine physician Dr. Kantha Stoll is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat asthma to help you breathe easier. She offers the quality care you deserve at Alexandria Adult Primary Care in Alexandria, Virginia. Call to learn more, or book an appointment online with Dr. Stoll today.
Asthma is a chronic health condition that causes narrowing of the airways, excess mucus production, and reduced air flow to the lungs. This makes breathing difficult and interferes with normal day-to-day activities, especially physical activity. While there’s no cure for asthma, treatments help control symptoms.
Symptoms of asthma range from minor to severe — even life-threatening. Common asthma symptoms include:
Mold, pollen, animal fur, dust, trees, grasses, and other allergens can trigger asthma symptoms. Air pollution, cigarette smoke, having a cold, and exercise are also asthma triggers.
Dr. Stoll and the team of medical experts at Alexandria Adult Primary Care diagnose asthma by going over your medical history, completing a physical exam, and administering different tests. These may include:
Lung function tests determine how much air you breathe in and out. A peak flow test uses a device that measures the intensity of your breathing. Spirometry tests determine how fast you breath out, and how much air you exhale.
Dr. Stoll may recommend imaging tests, such as chest X-rays or computerized tomography (CT) scans to diagnose underlying causes of breathing problems.
Allergy tests include blood or skin prick tests to identify what you’re allergic to — which may be dust, mold, pets, or pollen.
If necessary, Dr. Stoll recommends additional tests to make an asthma diagnosis. These may include inhaling methacholine, measuring the amount of nitric oxide in your breath, and testing for certain blood cells in your saliva and cough mucus.
If you suffer from breathing difficulties associated with asthma, Dr. Stoll works with you to determine which treatment best matches your needs. Treatment usually involves finding asthma triggers, avoiding allergens, and taking asthma medications.
Dr. Stoll may prescribe medications designed for asthma control, such as an inhaler for use during physical activity. Controlling allergy symptoms, such as nasal congestion, with medications or allergy shots may help as well.
When you’re ready to take full breaths of air and live the life you deserve, call Alexandria Adult Primary Care today or book an appointment online with Dr. Stoll.