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What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways in the lungs that affects millions of people worldwide.

It is characterized by recurrent episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. These symptoms are often associated with widespread but variable airflow obstruction within the lung that is often reversible either spontaneously or with treatment.

The inflammation makes the airways hypersensitive to various triggers. When exposed to these triggers, the airways narrow, making it difficult for air to pass in and out of the lungs.

Asthma is classified into several types based on triggers, symptoms, and when they occur such as:

  • Allergic asthma (extrinsic asthma): Triggered by airborne allergens such as pollen, mold spores, pet dander, or dust mite debris. This is the most common type of asthma, which is often associated with hay fever or eczema.
  • Non-allergic asthma (intrinsic asthma): Triggered by factors not related to allergies. These include stress, exercise, cold air, dry air, hyperventilation, smoke, viruses, or other irritants. This type of asthma typically develops later in life and does not usually run in families like allergic asthma.
  • Occupational asthma: Caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust, or other potentially harmful substances while on the job. Symptoms improve when away from the work environment.
  • Nocturnal Asthma: Asthma symptoms that appear to worsen at night. Triggers can include allergens in the bedroom, cooling of the airways, being in a reclining position, or hormone cycles.
  • Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB): Asthma symptoms that are triggered by physical activity. Symptoms may begin during or shortly after exercise, and will often rapidly improve with rest.

Healthcare providers identify asthma as either intermittent or persistent. Intermittent asthma means that the patient experiences symptoms occasionally, while persistent asthma occurs more frequently. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction

Asthma symptoms

The symptoms of asthma can vary in intensity and duration from person to person, but some common symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing, especially at night or early morning
  • Increased mucus production

Symptoms can occur suddenly or slowly over time and can range from mild to severe. Severe asthma symptoms can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

Causes of asthma

The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but researchers believe that a combination of genetic and environmental factors can increase the risk of developing this condition.

Some common environmental and genetic factors can influence the development of asthma, such as:

  • Genetics: Asthma tends to run in families, and people with a family history of asthma are more likely to develop the condition.
  • Allergies: People with allergies have a higher risk of developing asthma. Exposure to allergens may trigger an allergic reaction that leads to inflammation in the airways.
  • Respiratory infections: Certain respiratory infections can increase the risk of developing asthma, especially in children.
  • Exposure to irritants: Chemicals, dust, or other air pollutants can irritate the lungs and trigger asthma symptoms.
  • Obesity: Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing asthma.
  • Medication exposure at an early age: Certain medications, such as acetaminophen, have been linked to an increased risk of developing asthma.

Asthma treatment

The treatment of asthma focuses on managing symptoms and preventing flare-ups to maintain a normal, active life. It involves a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and avoiding triggers.

Asthma medications are broadly categorized into two types: quick-relief medications for immediate symptom management and long-term control medications to prevent symptoms and manage chronic inflammation.

Quick-Relief Medications (Rescue Inhalers)

  • Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs): These are the most common quick-relief drugs for asthma symptoms and flare-ups. Examples include albuterol and levalbuterol.
  • Anticholinergics: Such as ipratropium, which can help open airways quickly and are often used in combination with SABAs.

Long-Term Control Medications

  • Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS): These are the cornerstone of asthma treatment, reducing inflammation in the airways. Examples include fluticasone, budesonide, and beclomethasone.
  • Long-acting beta agonists (LABAs): Used in combination with inhaled corticosteroids, LABAs such as salmeterol and formoterol help to keep the airways open for a longer period of time.
  • Leukotriene modifiers: These oral medications, including montelukast and zafirlukast, help control asthma symptoms by blocking the chemicals that cause inflammation.
  • Theophylline: An older medication that is used less frequently today, it helps to open the airways and decrease inflammation.
  • Biologic therapies: These are newer, injectable drugs designed for severe asthma that does not respond well to other treatments. They target specific parts of the immune system to prevent inflammation. Examples include omalizumab, mepolizumab, and dupilumab.

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Frequently asked questions

  • DrHouse offers a wide array of telehealth services tailored to meet diverse patient needs.

    Our primary services include urgent care and primary care consultations, which cover immediate medical assistance for non-life-threatening conditions as well as comprehensive healthcare for chronic and ongoing medical concerns.

    We also provide specialized condition-based services, including dermatology appointments, men’s health, and women’s health visits.

    Our team of licensed physicians has expertise in various medical fields to ensure that we can address a wide range of patient needs effectively and efficiently.

  • DrHouse operates on the principles of convenience, accessibility, and quality healthcare. Our telehealth platform is designed to provide on-demand doctors’ visits for urgent care needs, sparing you the hassle of prolonged waiting periods and ensuring timely medical assistance.

    Using DrHouse is a straightforward process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to create a personalized treatment plan.
    • If necessary, a doctor will electronically send a prescription to your chosen pharmacy.

    For more information visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where the physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that the physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your treatment plan.

    The physician may also request additional information or diagnostic tests, such as blood work or imaging if needed.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once the physician has assessed your needs, they will create a personalized treatment plan, which may include prescribing medication or recommending further medical care.

  • At DrHouse, we understand the value of your time and health, which is why our on-demand urgent care service is designed to work quickly and efficiently. From the moment you request a consultation, it takes only up to 15 minutes to see a doctor.

  • Yes, physicians at DrHouse can prescribe almost any medication, including refills, that is not classified as a controlled substance. DrHouse physicians also will not prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, or HRT medications. It’s crucial to note that the prescription of any medication is purely at the discretion of our healthcare professionals.

    They will assess your medical history, symptoms, and current medications to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. If your physician believes that a certain medication is necessary for your well-being, it will be prescribed.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to use DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing and refilling of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page.

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.