Thomas J. Purgason, MD, FACP, PA

Internal Medicine located in Arlington, TX

Of adults in the United States, 7.6% have Asthma according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diligent and attentive Internal Medicine physician, Thomas J. Purgason, MD, treats men and women with Asthma in his private practice in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Purgason provides a range of treatment options that can help you find relief from your uncomfortable symptoms and learn the best ways to identify and prevent Asthma triggers.

Asthma Q & A

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease involving your airways and respiratory system. Inflammation in your airways can cause them to narrow, leading to breathing difficulty and various symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

You might also experience a painful, tight chest.

What is an Asthma attack?

An Asthma attack is the sudden onset or rapid worsening of Asthma symptoms. During an Asthma attack, the airways become narrow and swollen and can fill up with mucus. An Asthma attack can be especially dangerous if it isn’t properly controlled and the symptoms are usually more severe when breathing is restricted.

What causes Asthma?

If you have Asthma, you have sensitive airways that respond negatively to certain triggers in your environment. Asthma triggers include:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Certain medications
  • Smoke and air pollution
  • Infections, such as sinusitis or colds
  • Irritants and strong odors from perfumes or cleaning solutions
  • Allergens, such as pet dander, mold spores, pollen, and dust mites

Exercise-induced Asthma is a type of Asthma that’s induced by exercise. Call the office today to schedule your appointment.