Asthma Specialist

Michael N. Newton MD

Pulmonology & Sleep Specialists located in Tampa, FL

An estimated 25 million people in the United States experience breathing difficulties related to asthma; at the office of Michael N. Newton MD in Tampa, Florida, you can receive comprehensive care for asthma, starting with your initial diagnosis. Dr. Newton offers non-invasive lung function tests in-office to confirm your symptoms originate from asthma. He works with you on a treatment plan to manage asthma symptoms and help you avoid known triggers. If you need diagnostic testing for asthma, make an appointment online, or call the office of Michael N. Newton MD today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a type of chronic lung disease that causes inflammation in your airways, making it difficult for you to breathe. Asthma also causes your body to produce excess mucus, which also complicates your breathing.

Many people develop asthma in childhood, but the condition can also occur later in life. You may experience asthma-related breathing issues because of exposure to certain triggers, such as:

  • Colds
  • Allergens
  • Cold air
  • Strong emotions
  • Physical activity
  • Environmental irritants (chemicals, smoke)

You can also experience an asthma attack after taking certain over-the-counter or prescription medications.

If you have a family history of asthma, you may be at increased risk of developing the condition.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma causes symptoms that can range from mild to life-threatening. You may have underlying asthma if you experience:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

Some people experience breathing issues only on occasion, such as during strenuous exercise. If your asthma symptoms are frequent or severe, Dr. Newton can help you better manage your condition and protect your lung health.

How is asthma diagnosed?

To confirm shortness of breath and wheezing stems from asthma, Dr. Newton reviews your personal and family medical history and performs a physical exam. He offers in-office lung function testing to assess how much air you move in and out of your lungs and how quickly.

You may need imaging tests, like X-rays, to rule out infections or obstructions in your lungs that interfere with breathing. You may also need allergy testing to identify allergens that may trigger an asthma attack.

How is asthma treated?

Your treatment plan for asthma depends on the frequency and severity of your symptoms. Dr. Newton creates a treatment plan to minimize breathing disruptions and avoid asthma triggers.

You may need different medications to treat and prevent inflammation in your airways. These may include long-acting, daily medications to prevent airway inflammation. 

You may also benefit from short-acting medications delivered into your lungs through an inhaler to quickly reduce inflammation and open your airways during an asthma attack.

To find out more about available treatment options for asthma, call the office of Michael N. Newton MD or schedule an appointment online today.