Asthma

Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care -  - Family Medicine

Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care

Family Medicine located in Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care is dedicated to reducing the health burden of chronic lung disease. As family physicians, we are knowledgeable and experienced in the primary care of patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We utilize spirometry to diagnosis and assess disease control. With evidence-based guidelines and shared-decision making, we formulate a personalized care plan for managing respiratory symptoms and reducing complications from asthma and COPD. We provide albuterol breathing treatments to help manage acute respiratory attacks. For convenience and cost-savings, we also dispense selected asthma and COPD medicines. We collaborate with local specialists, as needed, to ensure your respiratory care is optimized. To learn more about Asthma and COPD care at Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care, please call or schedule a meet-and-greet visit.

Asthma

Asthma and COPD Care at Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care 

Asthma is a chronic condition that can develop due to genetics or environmental factors. Some children develop asthma following a severe respiratory infection, often experienced early in life. COPD is often caused by exposure to smoking, and our office works diligently to improve quality of life through lifestyle and medical management for all of our patients.

Many people have asthma or COPD symptoms that are triggered by exposure to specific allergens or chemical irritants. These include:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Pollen
  • Certain foods
  • Illness or infection
  • Smoke or smoking


Asthma and COPD sufferers can also be extra sensitive to changes in the weather, especially cold days, smokiness, and heavy pollution. 

At Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care, we are able to manage and diagnose asthma and COPD with the help of in-office spirometry that measures lung volumes and airflow to get a better understanding of the extent of asthma or COPD involvement for patients. We will also coordinate and assist with referral to specialty care if needed to ensure your asthma or COPD is well managed. 

Our doctors at Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care may prescribe oral or inhaled medications to help you overcome major attacks. Nebulizer treatments are available for in-office acute management of flares with asthma or COPD. We will teach you how to use these medications and under what kind of circumstances. The goal of asthma and COPD treatment is to allow you to do all the activities you desire while experiencing very few exacerbations of asthma or COPD. 

To learn more about Asthma at Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care, please call or schedule a meet-and-greet visit today.