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Asthma Treatment

Steven Kamara, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Steven Kamara, MD

Primary Care Physician located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

With a reputation as a caring and compassionate physician, Dr. Kamara has built a practice that focuses on wellness to keep people healthy while utilizing evidence-based treatment plans.

Asthma Treatment Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the airways to narrow. The result is coughing and wheezing that can be difficult to control. Why some people develop this condition is a mystery, but the current theory is that a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role.

What is an asthma trigger?

If you are an asthmatic, you learn to look out for triggers. A trigger is an irritant that causes the airways to become inflamed. Controlling these triggers is the key to successful asthma management. It sounds simple, but the triggers are different for each person. Some common triggers include:

  • Cold air
  • Exercise
  • Allergens like mold
  • Smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Colds and the flu
  • Stress

As part of the treatment protocol, the doctor may ask asthma patients to keep write down everything they were doing immediately prior to an attack in order to track down potential triggers.

What are the treatment options for asthma?

There is no cure for asthma, so finding a way to live with it safely is paramount. Together, you and the doctor will establish an asthma treatment plan. Your treatment plan will include drug theory and processes that control your breathing. It will become the map you follow in the event of an asthma attack. People with severe asthma should consider getting vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia to help prevent flare ups during the flu season as well. The condition can be more difficult to manage if you get a respiratory infection.

The doctor may prescribe medications that you carry with you in case of an attack, such as a bronchodilator, to help open the airways and ease symptoms. There are also long-term medications that help manage the illness and prevent attacks.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept major PPO plans including Blue Shield, Blue Cross and CIGNA as well as United Healthcare and Medicare fees for service only. We also offer affordable options for those without insurance or for those with high deductibles required with their insurance plans. We are not on network with any HMO plans or medi-cal. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office with any questions.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
UnitedHealthcare
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield