David E. Auer, MD
Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Aesthetics located in Westchase, Houston, TX
If you’re living with asthma, you probably know the value of being able to take a deep, unobstructed breath. David E. Auer, MD, works with you to ensure you can breathe easily thanks to dedicated asthma treatment. To get started with your asthma diagnosis and treatment, call the office in the Westchase area of Houston,Texas, or schedule your appointment online today.
Asthma Q & A
What is asthma?
Your body has airways that allow you to pull oxygen into your lungs as you breathe. But if you have asthma, those airways can become narrowed or blocked with mucus, making it challenging for you to take a full breath.
In some people, asthma is mild and causes only occasional shortness of breath. But in other cases, it can leave you coughing, wheezing, and feeling weak. In fact, during an asthma attack, the tightening of your airways can lead to a life-threatening lack of oxygen.
The primary symptoms of asthma are:
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble sleeping because you’re struggling to breathe
- A whistling or wheezing when you exhale
- Chest tightness
- Coughing that worsens when you have a cold or the flu
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Auer. He quickly and effectively makes your asthma diagnosis.
How is asthma diagnosed?
At his office, Dr. Auer offers spirometry. This is a breathing test that measures how much air you can exhale and how quickly you can empty your lungs. Testing your exhales with spirometry allows Dr. Auer to determine whether your breathing is normal, and if it’s not, whether asthma is present.
During your asthma diagnosis appointment, you also talk with Dr. Auer about your symptoms, whether you’ve noticed any triggers for them (like exercise and exposure to allergens), and how frequently you experience them. With this information, Dr. Auer develops the right treatment plan based on the severity of your asthma.
How is asthma treated?
Dr. Auer personalizes your asthma treatment to you. For example, if you have allergy-induced asthma, he works with you to minimize the exposure to the allergen that’s triggering your asthma.
In many cases, medication is needed to ensure you can breathe comfortably. Both long-term asthma control medications — which you take regularly to keep your asthma at bay — and fast-acting relief medications — like an inhaler you use when you feel short of breath — are available to help you breathe.
Asthma doesn’t have to shape your life. Get the asthma treatment you need by calling David E. Auer, MD, or scheduling an appointment online.