Asthma Specialist

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA -  - Internal Medicine

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA

Internal Medicine located in Channelview, TX

Wheezing, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath can indicate that you have asthma. At his office in Channelview, Texas, board-certified internal medicine specialist Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, can test you for and treat asthma to help you breathe easier and live your best life. Call his office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma affects your breathing. It causes your airways to swell, narrow, and produce extra mucus that makes breathing difficult. For some, asthma is simply a minor nuisance, while it can be life-threatening for others. Treatment offers the symptom relief you need.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Common symptoms you can experience if you have asthma include:

  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty sleeping

Asthma symptoms differ from one person to the next. They can get worse when triggered by strenuous exercise, workplace irritants, and seasonal allergies.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies on top of asthma, you can experience itchy or watery eyes, nasal congestion, a runny nose, and/or frequent sneezing.

What are the risk factors for asthma?

The cause of a particular case of asthma isn’t always clear, but some things boost your risk of having it, including:

  • Family history of asthma
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Having allergies
  • Exposure to chemicals or pollution

Genetics play a role in the development of asthma. Identifying asthma triggers and seeking treatment for asthma can help you avoid crippling asthma attacks.

How does my doctor diagnose asthma?

Dr. Berberian diagnoses asthma after checking your vital signs, discussing your medical history and symptoms, listening to your breathing, and completing a thorough physical exam. He assists you in completing lung function tests that measure your ability to breathe deeply before and after using an inhaler.

Dr. Berberian might suggest you undergo allergy testing, other diagnostic tests, X-rays, or another imaging procedure to arrive at a final diagnosis and develop an effective treatment.

What are common treatments for asthma?

The most common treatment for asthma is the use of an inhaler as needed, especially during physical activity.

Dr. Berberian offers other treatments for allergies to reduce asthma symptoms. These include nasal sprays, oral medicines, allergy shots, and emergency epinephrine (often called an EpiPen®). Adopting healthy habits at home, like getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight, can ease your asthma symptoms.

If you struggle with asthma and need help to breathe easier, call Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, or schedule an appointment online today.