If you suffer from asthma, you’re not alone. The Mayo Clinic estimates that approximately 10% of children and 5% of adults in the United States have asthma. About half of the children who develop childhood asthma have their first asthma attack before age 10. Not only can childhood asthma be frustrating to live with, it can be dangerous to your health. Dr. Livas is a board-certified, fellowship-trained asthma doctor who can accurately diagnose and effectively treat asthma. He can help you control an asthma attack so you can live a normal life, no matter what your age.
While the cause of asthma is often unknown, it is often an inherited condition. There are many triggers for an asthma attack. These include respiratory infections, exercise, cold air and stress. In addition, an asthma attack can be triggered by exposure to pollen, mold spores, odors, smoke, animal dander and dust mites.
During an asthma attack, your lungs and bronchial tubes become inflamed and limit airflow, which makes breathing difficult. Common symptoms of asthma include difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. An asthma attack can last minutes to hours or even days. While some attacks are mild, others can be life-threatening if airflow is severely obstructed.
Your care with an asthma doctor like Dr. Livas begins with a comprehensive exam and health history and in-office allergy testing, including a lung function test called spirometry, which is used for childhood asthma patients aged 4 and older. As an experienced asthma doctor, Dr. Livas will take the time to educate you about your condition. You’ll learn how to avoid asthma triggers and how to recognize and respond to an asthma attack early. To control your asthma, he offers oral asthma medications, inhalers and XOLAIR® steroid-free medication given by injection. Dr. Livas may also recommend allergy shots (immunotherapy), which can help prevent an asthma attack by making you less sensitive to allergens that trigger them.
Dr. Livas has helped thousands of families and individuals from all over Frankfort, Lexington, Morehead, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Sterling, Maysville, Campton, Irvine, as well as the communities of Richmond and Winchester. He can help you, too.
For more information about asthma treatment or to schedule your personal appointment, call 800-640-0246 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.
“Dr Livas is not only one of the best doctors I have ever been to, he is also a very nice man. I love his staff all the girls are so nice. Parking is great I can get in get my allergy shot out the door within 15-20 min. Been going there almost 5 years!”