What is asthma?
When you or your child has asthma, you live with the constant narrowing of the airways because inflammation has constricted your ability to breathe. Whether you have acute or chronic asthma, the symptoms are the same. Our board-certified physician and pulmonologist, Dr. Abraham Avi Ishaaya, administers testing and asthma management at his private practice in Los Angeles, CA. He is accepting new patients for asthma testing, (acute or chronic) treatment, and long-term therapy options for deregulated breathing. We offer asthma testing for kids and adults at our practice.
Asthma causes airways to become narrow and feel tight and a response by the body to produce thick, hard-to-cough-up mucus in the constricted airway. Asthma can cause you to be very sensitive to the air you breathe. Your physical activity or substances in your environment that you encounter may cause an asthma flare-up. Come into our LA office for a private consultation with Dr. Ishaaya for compassionate, comprehensive asthma care.
"I had an excellent experience here! I had a long wait, which wasn’t the greatest but everyone apologized for it. I feel as though the service itself was outstanding and everyone was super kind and I learned a lot. Everyone from the nurses to the receptionist to the actual doctors themselves had excellent bedside manner so to speak, and made me feel very at ease with my concerns. 10 out of 10 I would recommend them to anyone with any asthma or lung related issues.I am very thankful that I had results that reflected a clean bill of health. Thanks to them I am totally at ease with my health."- T. / Google / Jun 26, 2021
"I left a review on their other Google page, I had an excellent experience with everyone here, from the staff to the nurses and the Dr’s themselves. Everything went pretty smoothly. I waited in between seeing everyone for a little longer than I wanted, but they were all apologetic about it and it doesn’t seem like it’s something they just always do. I left feeling totally at ease. Dr. Ishaaya seems like a really kind person and I’m glad that I saw him! I would recommend anyone with lung/asthma issues to this office! Thanks guys!"- S.G. / Yelp / Jun 25, 2021
"Had a wonderful experience from all the staff who were very helpful and friendly and the doctor was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable"- M.S. / Google / Jun 23, 2021
"Summary:The doctor listens well and offers reasonable solutions. He is available over text message, which is very convenient.Details:For my appointment, a physician’s assistant came in first to understand why I scheduled an appointment and order any tests I needed. Someone then came in to administer a pulmonary breathing test. Dr. Avi then came in to discuss the results and how to move forward. The entire process went very quickly and there was very little ’wait time’. Both the PA and Dr. Avi listened to me well and offered reasonable solutions. He gave me natural medication and prescribed something stronger, as well, to see if either of those could help me recover when my breathing issue was particularly severe. He also said that he was available over text message so that I can avoid unnecessary trips to the office, which both take time and money. I really appreciated this.After the appointment, I texted him with questions about using the medication and also about a referral for a breathing coach. He responded to both over text. So convenient!"- C.M. / Yelp / Jun 16, 2021
"Dr Ishaaya and staff are very professional and caring. I visited today because i needed a new primary and the level of healthcare and service was amazing"- M.R. / Google / Jun 11, 2021
Our Diagnostic Asthma tests
At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, we run the following tests for asthma: pulmonary function tests (PFT), the methacholine challenge, and an inflammation assessment with nitric oxide. If you are or your child is experiencing a life-disrupting cough, chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath, these are all hallmarks of asthmatic breathing. We also support patients who already have a diagnosis of asthma with long-term therapeutic solutions to manage treatment from exercise-induced asthma to bronchoconstriction episodes.
To prepare for our testing services to get the most accurate results, we ask that dress in clothing that is not too tight or eat a large meal before your test. We also do not want you to exercise at least 30 minutes before your test. It is never a good idea to smoke for at least one hour and/or drink alcohol four hours before the appointment. Check with Dr. Ishaaya if you are on any medications that could skew your test results and need to be taken after the test for the best results.
Recommended Asthma Treatments
Depending on the type and severity of asthma to be treated, Dr. Ishaaya may recommend:
- Maintenance medications to reduce inflammation in the lungs and ease asthma-related symptoms
- Rescue inhaler as needed for quick relief for sudden problematic breathing
- Nebulizer breathing treatments
- Allergy testing and treatment to eliminate allergens that trigger asthma attacks
Your Next Follow up
After Dr. Ishaaya has collected the data from your asthma testing, he will create a treatment plan to manage your asthma. He will also want to regularly follow up with you to make sure that you are receiving the appropriate treatment, discuss your concerns, and document your progress.
Asthma Testing FAQ
Who is a candidate for asthma testing?
Individuals who are experiencing shortness of breath, with or without having done exercise, may be good candidates for asthma testing. Additionally, if you have been hospitalized for wheezing or severe bronchitis, you may want to receive testing. While asthma may be more common in children, it can also develop in adults.
Can asthma go away on its own?
A patient can age out of asthma. However, this typically only occurs in patients who have been diagnosed with asthma at a young age. When you are experiencing asthma symptoms, it is still important to receive regular treatments.
Can asthma worsen with age?
Since asthma can be more difficult to detect in adults, it may lead to a delayed diagnosis. In this case, asthma can worsen since it is not being properly treated. This is why as soon as you experience symptoms, you should schedule a consultation for asthma testing.
You are a breath of fresh air
Our medical team at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers are dedicated to patients of all ages with asthma-related problems and health issues. When you can't breathe regularly or your symptoms are disruptive to your life, we invite you to be tested for asthma at our Los Angeles, CA office. No matter what level of severity or type of asthma you have, we will offer you support in managing your acute or chronic asthma symptoms. To get started on a road to easy breathing, schedule an appointment today for asthma testing today.