Asthma Specialist

Compassionate Family Care

Family Physicians located in Visalia, CA

Asthma can interfere with daily activities, and severe asthma attacks can even be life-threatening. Although there is no cure for asthma, a qualified physician can control and manage it. Gaylene Soloniuk-Tays, MD, has the training and experience to help you regain control of your life and prevent severe asthma attacks with devastating consequences. To learn more, call Compassionate Family Care in Visalia, California, today, or make an appointment online.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition in which the airways of the lungs become inflamed and constricted. Asthma can be mild or severe and can cause difficulty breathing and other symptoms. A severe asthma attack can be life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The most common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty performing strenuous activities

Asthma symptoms vary between individuals in terms of severity, duration, and frequency of attacks.

What triggers an asthma attack?

Asthma triggers also vary between people. Many triggers are environmental, including:

  • Smoke
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pollutants
  • Perfumes

In some cases, asthma may be triggered by certain foods, respiratory infections, or strenuous exertion.

Am I at risk for developing asthma?

If you have a history of childhood respiratory infections or allergies, or either of your parents has asthma, you have an elevated risk for the condition. Asthma is often diagnosed in childhood, but it can develop at any age.

What does diagnosing asthma involve?

Dr. Soloniuk-Tays is an expert at diagnosing asthma in children and adults. She begins with a comprehensive physical exam and performs some breathing tests to determine how well your lungs are functioning. She may order additional diagnostics, such as X-rays, allergy tests, or a mucus culture, to accurately determine the cause of your respiratory symptoms. 

What might asthma treatment entail?

Asthma is a chronic condition that can’t be cured, but with proper medical care, it can be controlled. Dr. Soloniuk-Tays has the training and experience to diagnose and treat asthma so it won’t impact your quality of life or cause dangerous complications.

Treatment options for asthma include:

  • Trigger identification and avoidance
  • Oral medications
  • Inhaled medications
  • Allergy medications and/or immunotherapy
  • Lifestyle changes

If your asthma attacks are severe, Dr. Soloniuk-Tays may prescribe a corticosteroid inhaler, or another fast-acting “rescue” medication, for you to have on hand for quick, short-term treatment of a severe or life-threatening asthma attack.  

To learn more about medical management of asthma, call Compassionate Family Care today, or make an appointment online.