Asthma Treatment Online

Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airway in the lungs. It is when a person's airway becomes inflamed, narrows and/or produces extra mucus.


Asthma symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fast breathing
  • Cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Throat irritation
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Asthma Online

Asthma can make it very difficult to breathe. Why? Asthma causes your airways to be inflamed and this can make it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. The severity of symptoms can vary from patient to patient. For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance, but for others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities.

There are many triggers for asthma including exposure to various irritants and substances. Some of these triggers can include, but are not limited to:

  • Airborne substances - smoke, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, etc.
  • Physical activity which can cause exercise-induced asthma (see FAQ's)
  • Cold air
  • Respiratory infections
  • Allergies

Doctors can help determine the severity of your asthma and decide if treatment is needed, or if a referral to a specialist is required.

During a video consult on Amwell, your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to better understand your asthma. This is based on duration, severity of symptoms and your medical history. Online physicians will likely encourage you to follow up with your PCP to review your treatment plan and/or schedule follow up visits.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Depending on the cause and severity of the infection, your treatment plan may include:

  • Self-care - quitting smoking
  • Supportive care - oxygen therapy
  • Medications - anti-inflammatories, steroids or a bronchodilator
  • A referral to a specialist


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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • Is asthma hereditary?

    Yes, asthma can be hereditary, though there is some nuance to this question. Children whose parents have asthma are more likely to develop the condition, but oftentimes passing on genes is not the only factor. Other considerations include environmental factors, gender, and allergen sensitivities.

  • Which allergies can cause asthma?

    The most common allergic reactions that trigger asthma are allergies caused by inhalation. These include pollen, dust mites, animal dander, and mold. However, food allergens may also trigger an asthma attack, but this is very rare.

  • What is exercise-induced asthma?

    This is a type of asthma that is caused by a narrowing of the airways in the lungs due to strenuous exercise. This can cause symptoms including wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and others.

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