Asthma Specialist

Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics

Aesthetics & Family Medicine located in Knoxville, TN

If you have asthma, you probably know all too well what it feels like to gasp for air, to have chest constriction, and to feel panicked when you can’t breathe. Nurse practitioner Robert Martin, APN at Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics in Knoxville, Tennessee, can help you keep your asthma under control, reducing attack frequency and intensity, with customized treatment. Book your appointment now or call the office today for asthma help.

Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lung disease that causes serious issues, including:

  • Wheezing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chest constriction
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness


Asthma is a chronic condition. Although it's not curable, you can manage it very well if you get help from an experienced health care provider like Robert, the Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics nurse practitioner.

What causes asthma?

The cause of asthma isn't known for sure, but research indicates that certain factors make you more likely to develop asthma. Family history of asthma is one common factor. If you have allergies, are a smoker, or are overweight, your odds of having asthma may also be higher.

What triggers asthma attacks?

Asthma attack triggers can be different for everyone. Some of your triggers may include:

  • Pollen, pet dander, and other allergic triggers
  • Smoke
  • Stress
  • Medications, including anti-inflammatory drugs and beta blockers
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Very cold temperatures or rapid weather changes
  • Illnesses like flu and pneumonia


You can avoid some asthma attacks through careful management of your trigger exposure. But, no matter how careful you might be, some asthma attacks may still happen occasionally. To keep your asthma attacks under control as much as possible, you can work with Robert to make lifestyle changes while you start a customized treatment plan.

How is asthma treated?

Along with trigger management, you can also take other preventive steps like having an annual influenza shot. You may also need the pneumonia vaccination, based on your age and Robert’s recommendations.

Many asthma sufferers need a couple of different types of medication, including both a daily preventive one and a rescue inhaler to use when you notice signs of an impending asthma attack. It’s very important to have your asthma medication with you at all times, particularly the rescue inhaler.

If you’re suddenly running out of your as-needed asthma medication (the rescue inhaler) faster than you were before, it’s a strong indication that your attacks are increasing in frequency, duration, or both. See Robert as soon as possible to find out whether you need any treatment changes to stay healthy.

Use the online booking tool or call Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics to get the asthma help you need now.