Pulmonary Disorders Specialist

Talia Medical Group

Internal Medicine located in Temecula, CA

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Pulmonary Disorders Q & A

What are common signs that you may have a pulmonary disorder?

Pulmonary disorders have many causes, including a genetic disposition towards lung disease. Many people who are diagnosed with a pulmonary disorder often don't realize they’re in serious danger because they don't recognize or associate the symptoms with chronic lung disease. Common symptoms of many pulmonary disorders include:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Dry, hacking cough
  •  A cough that produces phlegm
  • Shortness of breath
  •  Frequent and recurring respiratory infections
  • Wheezing
  • Inability to exercise without experience some type of discomfort in the chest

Dr. Basch can accurately diagnose any pulmonary disorder you may have. Once a diagnosis has been made, he can formulate a treatment plan that will allow you to breathe easily and efficiently.

How is COPD diagnosed?

In order for COPD to be diagnosed, Dr. Basch must perform several tests that measure your lungs’ capacity to hold and effectively circulate air. One test that’s commonly used is a spirometry test. During a spirometry test, you blow into a tube that’s connected to a device that accurately measures how much air you release from your lungs as you breathe.

Chest X-rays and CT scans are also effective tools that Dr. Basch can use to diagnose COPD. In some cases, he may ask for a test that analyzes your arterial blood gas levels. Other lab tests are often recommended to eliminate a misdiagnosis.

What are the main treatment options if you've been diagnosed with asthma?

If you've been diagnosed with asthma, Dr. Basch will begin to formulate a long-term treatment plan that focuses on controlling and managing your attacks. The most effective way to treat asthma is by reducing the number of acute attacks you experience on a regular basis.

Using medications and breathing treatments that are designed for long-term care can strengthen your lungs and help reduce the risk of an acute attack. It's also important to learn to relax and avoid getting upset. Staying calm allows you to control your breathing and will also relax your muscles allowing you to breathe easier.

In addition to preventive measures, you'll also have to address situations in which an acute attack does occur. Emergency inhalers used at the first signs of an acute asthma attack may reduce the severity of the episode, making it easier for you to breathe. Corticosteroids and other medications are also beneficial, but it will be up to Dr. Basch to determine what methods are best for you. Your age and overall general health will play an important role in the types of medications included in your treatment plan.