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Asthma Specialist

Kevin Farnam, MD -  - Allergist

Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center

Kevin Farnam, MD

Allergist located in Pasadena, CA

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 Q & A

What is Asthma?

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.

What Happens During an Asthma Attack?

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.

What Are the Triggers of Asthma Attacks?

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.

What is the Treatment for Asthma?

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.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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

Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
Tricare
United Healthcare