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Frontline Internal Medicine LLC

Ogechi Mbakwe, MD

Internal Medicine located in Statesboro, GA

Asthma is becoming increasingly common across the country, affecting nearly 26 million adults. At Frontline Internal Medicine in Statesboro, Georgia, Dr. Ogechi Mbakwe is experienced in diagnosing and treating mild to severe asthma symptoms. Her goal in treatment is to help you live a long, healthy life despite an asthma diagnosis. Dr. Mbakwe offers on-site diagnostic lung testing and several treatments to keep asthma symptoms under control. Schedule an appointment using the online booking feature or by phone to learn more about treating asthma.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting your airways, causing swelling and making it difficult to breathe. This swelling may be the result of certain triggers, including:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Physical activity

Asthma can also be the result of respiratory infections or excessive stress. Triggers can result in mild to life-threatening breathing problems and other asthma-related symptoms.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

In addition to difficulties breathing, asthma can also cause a persistent cough, wheezing, and chest tightness.

When breathing difficulties worsen, you may be at risk of having a serious asthma attack that needs immediate medical attention.

You should seek treatment if you experience shortness of breath after physical activity or if wheezing or coughing become chronic.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Dr. Mbakwe first reviews your medical history and discusses any history of asthma in your family. She performs a comprehensive physical exam and may perform other testing to rule out underlying medical conditions, such as infection.

To confirm an asthma diagnosis, Dr. Mbakwe offers on-site lung function tests to assess how well you can move air in and out of your lungs.

Dr. Mbakwe may also recommend allergy testing to determine what triggers may be affecting your breathing.

What treatments are available for asthma?

Depending on the cause and severity of your asthma symptoms, Dr. Mbakwe can offer several treatment options to improve your breathing.

To relieve mild to moderate asthma symptoms, Dr. Mbakwe may recommend quick-acting medications, such as an albuterol inhaler, to open inflamed airways and improve breathing. These medications can also help prevent a more serious asthma attack.

If you need long-term help managing chronic asthma symptoms, you may benefit from oral or other inhaled medications. Dr. Mbakwe may also recommend the use of a nebulizer device that quickly delivers asthma medications in mist form for use at home.

Additionally, Dr. Mbakwe works with you closely, creating a plan to help you avoid known allergens and other asthma triggers. She may recommend allergy shots to reduce the reaction your body has to certain triggers.

Find relief from chronic asthma symptoms by scheduling an appointment online or calling the Statesboro, Georgia, office today.