Asthma Specialist

George M. Jayatilaka, M.D. Inc.

Family & Pediatrics located in Long Beach, CA

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs and, at times, makes breathing difficult. When your asthma flares, the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs become irritated. This inflammation causes swelling and soreness. If you experience asthma attacks, call, make an appointment online, or walk into George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California for treatment.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic health condition that causes inflamed lung airways. When asthma sufferers encounter a trigger, their airways get smaller and may fill with mucus, while the surrounding area swells. The ability to breathe becomes difficult during an asthma attack because air cannot move in and out of the lungs properly.

Symptoms of asthma include:

  • Wheezing
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Early morning or late night coughing

Asthma symptoms range from mild, going away either on their own or with minimal treatment, to an attack where symptoms continue to get worse.

How is asthma diagnosed?

To diagnose your asthma, the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. take several steps. Whether you see Dr. Jayatilaka, Dr. Armosilla or Dr. Devera, your exam begins with a review of your medical history and current symptoms.

Chest X-rays help rule out other possible health issues, including respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung function tests help determine the severity of your asthma. These include:

Spirometry

Spirometry checks how much and how fast you exhale after you take a deep breath. It estimates the narrowness of your bronchial tubes.

Peak Flow

Peak flow meters measure how hard you breathe out. The lower the reading, the worse your asthma.

The doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. perform lung function tests both before and after giving you a medication to open your airways. If your lung function improves with this medicine, it's likely you have asthma.

How is asthma treated?

There’s no cure for asthma, so the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. develop a plan with you to reduce the number of outbreaks you suffer from and their intensity. It may include:

Avoiding Triggers

Prevalent asthma triggers include pollen, chemicals, severe weather changes, smoke, dust mites, and stress. Exercise is another common trigger, but the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. can prescribe medicine that helps keep you active.

Long-Term Control Medications

These prescriptions help keep your asthma under control on a daily basis, making it less likely you'll have an asthma attack.

Rescue Medications

Quick-relief medications are used as needed for relief from symptoms during an asthma attack. These medications help keep asthma at bay when taken before exercise.

If breathing issues interfere with your everyday activities, call, make an appointment online, or walk into George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California, today.