Asthma can be serious or even life threatening if not treated. Kevin Farnam, MD, an allergist serving patients in Pasadena, CA at his practice Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center, can help people with Asthma live a healthy and full life.
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the lungs along with hyper-responsiveness in the airways when the sufferer is exposed to a trigger. Asthma is a common problem, affecting almost 300 million people around the world today. It is more common in children, affecting 12 percent of the worldwide population as opposed to the 8 percent of adults who suffer from asthma. Asthma has grown increasingly common over the last several decades, with its prevalence doubling every 14 years since the 1950s.
During an asthma attack, the airways start to swell, becoming so narrow that it's difficult to breathe. A person who is suffering from an asthma attack may feel like a fish out of water, gasping for air. People who suffer from asthma may have chest pain or a light-headed feeling during asthma attacks, as well.
This can vary from one person to another. Some common asthma triggers can include changes in the barometric pressure, stress, smoke, pet dander, house dust, pollen, and many other things.
Treatment for asthma depends on the type of asthma and on the specific patient. Some people have asthma attacks only at very specific times, for example during exercise sessions or during the winter months. It's important for patients to work with Dr. Farnam to identify asthma patterns as much as possible, as it can allow him to create the best treatment plan. Many patients need to have a rescue inhaler for asthma attacks, and some patients need to take asthma medication on a daily basis as well. Conditions that can worsen asthma, for example obesity, allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis, should be controlled effectively as part of the overall asthma treatment plan for best results.
At Dr. Farnam's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Excluding these specific plans: Blue Cross Select PPO Health Net Enhanced Care PPO
"It is true that Dr. Farnam treat the person and not the disease. He is so patient, kind and professional!"
"Nice clean office. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Free parking, hours are great! Dr answered all my questions- took interest in my concerns and gave me options."
"Recommend him without question to any adult or child who has issues with allergies. He was incredibly thorough in detailing A plan for overcoming my allergies."
"Dr. Farnam has helped both of my children with their allergie issues. His bedside manner is wonderful. He takes his time to listen to all your concerns."
"Dr. Farnam is one of the best allergist doctors. He's young, passionate, energetic, caring, and driven. He has excellent bedside manners. "
"He has a kind demeanor and is great with kids. Being open on Saturdays is great for families like us who have too much going on during the week to fit in allergy shots."
"Dr. Farnham is very professional, patient and so good with kids. "
"He was very detail oriented and showed genuine concern for my boyfriend's health and provided a wealth of knowledge for allergy and asthma problems."
"He is kind, considerate, and extremely knowledgable and thorough in his diagnosis and treatment."
"I am thankful for such a caring attentive doctor who made my life immensely better."
"I have been going to Dr. Farnam for years. He has been the only doctor that could get my allergies and Asthma under control. He and his staff are companionate and
"Great compassionate doctor. His office has the state of the art asthma evaluation machines. His allergy tests are more thorough than my doctor that I had previously"
"So firstly, I am basically allergic to everything. I decided to do my research and find a legit allergy doctor in my area. Dr. Farnam is attentive and knowledgeable-."