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Asthma Specialist

Ithaca Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Behavioral Health located in Ithaca, NY

Approximately 18.9 million adults in the United States are living with asthma. At Ithaca Primary Care in Ithaca, New York, Dr. Radomir D. Stevanovic is an internal medicine physician with over 25 years of experience diagnosing and managing chronic conditions like asthma. To find relief from your asthma symptoms, call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease that interferes with your ability to breathe. During an asthma attack, the airways to your lungs grow narrow and become inflamed. This makes breathing difficult and reduces the flow of oxygen to your lungs.

The symptoms of asthma can vary from mild to severe and include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or coughing

Asthma typically begins in childhood, but it can be just as debilitating for adults; it's responsible for 14.2 million lost work days each year. When left untreated, asthma can lead to serious health problems, even death.

What causes asthma?

While its exact cause is unknown, several environmental and health conditions can trigger asthma attacks, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Sinus infections
  • Severe heartburn
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Certain medications
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Allergens in the environment or food

Asthma symptoms and triggers vary from person to person. It’s important to tell Dr. Stevanovic if you are aware of any factors that worsen your condition.

How is asthma diagnosed?

At Ithaca Primary Care, Dr. Stevanovic proudly offers on-site access to a full range of tests to accurately diagnose your asthma condition, including blood and spirometry breathing tests. To clearly gauge your lung function, a spirometry test not only measures the amount of air you can breathe in, but it also evaluates how quickly you can exhale it.

In addition to a spirometry test, Dr. Stevanovic performs a physical exam, reviews your family history, and evaluates your symptoms. If allergies might be responsible for your asthma attacks, he may recommend blood tests to determine your allergic sensitivity and identify your triggers.

How is asthma treated?

There’s no cure for asthma, but Dr. Stevanovic offers a variety of strategies, including quick-relief and long-term medications, to reduce your symptoms and the frequency of your attacks.

Dr. Stevanovic also offers nebulizer treatment. A nebulizer is a breathing machine that changes liquid asthma medication into a mist, making the medication easier to inhale deep into your lungs.  

Call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment with Dr. Stevanovic online to learn more about asthma diagnosis and treatments today.