Asthma Specialist

Century City Allergy

Board-Certified Allergist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

When the coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath that accompanies asthma affects your quality of life, visit Dr. Marc Meth at Century City Allergy to get the help you need. In his office in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Meth provides expert asthma care. Call now or book an appointment online so you can breathe easier.

Asthma Q & A

Century City Allergy

What is asthma?

Asthma is one of the most prevalent respiratory conditions in the United States and affects nearly 30 million Americans. Children and teenagers are often the most affected by asthma’s irritating symptoms.

This chronic lung disease narrows your bronchial tubes and restricts the airflow to your lungs. There's no cure, but treatment is available.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

When asthma flares up, you’re having an asthma attack. The classic symptoms of asthma are:

  • Dry or mucus-filled coughing
  • Wheezing due to narrowing airways
  • Mild to severe shortness of breath
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Rapid breathing

Your set of asthma symptoms are likely to differ from other patients' symptoms. That’s why Dr. Meth creates a customized treatment plan based on how this disease is affecting your daily routine and activities.

What causes an asthma attack?

What makes you more susceptible to developing asthma isn't well understood. Experts do know that asthma and allergies tend to run in families.

Triggers, like an allergy, usually cause an asthma attack, making it extremely difficult to get air and breathe properly. Some of the leading asthma triggers are:

  • Allergens like pollen
  • Irritants like fragrances
  • Respiratory infections
  • Medications
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Stress
  • Smoking

How is asthma treated?

Even though asthma is incurable, many treatment options are available to ensure you have an optimum quality of life. Dr. Meth may advise both pulmonary function and allergy testing to pinpoint your asthma triggers.

After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Meth develops a strategy to help you manage your asthma and avoid severe attacks. Treatment options address mild to extreme symptoms and include:

  • Bronchodilators
  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Oral medications
  • Allergen immunotherapy
  • Newer directly targeted immune modulators (ie. biologics)

Besides your treatment plan, Dr. Meth encourages an emergency action plan for times when your asthma is severe.

When you need help keeping your airways open and managing the symptoms of asthma, call Dr. Marc Meth at Century City Allergy. You can book an appointment online or call us today.