Asthma/COPD Specialist

Bertina Hooks, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

Phoenix Health & Wellness PC

Bertina Hooks, MD

Internal Medicine Physician located in Fair Oaks, CA

Troubled breathing, wheezing, and a tightness in your chest are all signs of chronic conditions that affect your lungs, like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While there isn’t a cure for these conditions, Dr. Bertina Hooks can help you control your symptoms and improve your overall health with customized care at Phoenix Health & Wellness PC in Roseville, California. To check your lung health, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Asthma/COPD Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition where the airways of your lungs — the bronchi — are inflamed, which causes them to become narrow and produce excess mucus which further restricts airflow. Asthma causes symptoms such as:

  • Troubled breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing

Asthma is linked to allergies, where exposure to an airborne allergen like pollen, dust, or animal dander can trigger an inflammatory response and difficulty breathing.  Asthma can also be triggered by acid reflux as well. 

What is COPD?

COPD is another chronic lung condition where your airways become inflamed eventually destroying the air sacs (alveoli) that allow oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange into your blood. As a result, the lungs become hyperinflated and carbon dioxide is trapped leading to difficulty breathing. It’s sometimes also referred to as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. 

Smoking is the primary contributing factor to COPD, although you can develop the condition even if you’ve never smoked. For example, long-term exposure to pollutants like smoke, dust, and chemicals can cause COPD.

How are asthma and COPD diagnosed?

During the physical part of the consultation, she’ll listen to your lungs and check your blood oxygenation levels. Dr. Hooks also uses spirometry and peak airflow tests to help diagnose and manage if you have asthma or COPD. 

How are asthma and COPD managed?

There is no known cure for asthma or COPD, so Dr. Hooks focuses on managing your symptoms and preventing flare ups of your asthma or COPD.   She can suggest lifestyle modifications to help you avoid triggers for asthma and COPD and help you quit smoking.  It is also important to be up to date with immunizations to help prevent pneumonia and influenza.   

If necessary, Dr. Hooks will prescribe inhalers to help you breathe more easily and open your airways.  Steroid and non-steroid inhalers will be prescribed to reduce airway inflammation and shortness of breath and reduce the airway secretions. These inhalers are used daily and as needed.  

COPD is also often controlled with inhalers and pulmonary rehabilitation to rebuild your lung function. Depending on the severity of the COPD, you may need supplemental oxygen to ensure your body has adequate oxygen.

If you’re concerned about asthma or COPD, call or make an appointment online today for effective care to improve your overall quality of life.

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Last updated: April 30, 2018

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