Asthma Treatment Specialist

Loanne B. Tran, MD, MPH

Family Practice Physician & General Practitioner located in Arcadia, CA

Asthma affects more than 25 million Americans and is a serious health concern. Loanne B. Tran, MD, MPH helps patients manage their asthma and enjoy their lives. Patient education, state-of-the-art technology, and years of experience combine to provide patients in and around Arcadia, California with comprehensive asthma treatment.

Asthma Treatment Q & A

What exactly is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects a patient’s normal breathing function. The flow of air through the airways and into the lungs is impeded by inflammation. That can lead to shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and bouts of coughing. Some people only experience mild symptoms of asthma and are able to lead relatively normal lives. Others experience life-threatening spells, known as asthma attacks, during which they are unable to take in sufficient oxygen. Asthma usually develops during childhood, although some patients will be diagnosed with asthma as adults.

What are the causes of asthma?

Researchers have not yet been able to pinpoint the exact cause of asthma, although there is evidence that a blend of genetic and environmental issues play causal roles in developing the disease. Some people seem to have an inherited risk of asthma, and a family history of allergies is also common among asthma sufferers. Some types of respiratory infections experienced during childhood also raise one’s risk of asthma, as does exposure to known allergens and irritants. Our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on clean air and good hygiene, may have reduced the incidents of childhood infections to the point that our bodies no longer develop the stout immune systems needed to fight off disease.

What are the treatment options available for asthma?

Treating asthma involves a blend of patient education, lifestyle modification and the use of certain medications. Patients must learn which environmental factors increase their chances of an asthma attack, and avoid those irritants to the highest degree possible. Certain prescription medications can play a role in controlling an asthma attack and should be kept readily available. Some medications are taken in pill form, while others are delivered through an inhaler-type device. Treating asthma might be better referred to as managing asthma, as the disease is incurable, and patients must learn to manage symptoms as they arise.

Accepted Health Insurance

Please contact the office for further information on accepted insurance coverage.

AARP
Aetna
Alliant Health Plans
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
CalPERS
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Easy Choice Health Plan (California)
EBA & M
First Health
GEHA
Great-West Healthcare
Guardian
Health Alliance