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Online asthma diagnosis.

Get the answers and support you need to determine whether you have asthma, and how to treat it.

Connect with an online doctor at a time that suits you at Tia Health.

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woman having asthma attack

Online asthma diagnosis.

Get the answers and support you need to determine whether you have asthma, and how to treat it.

Connect with an online doctor at a time that suits you at Tia Health.

Book now

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that impacts the lungs, causing inflammation of the airways and making it difficult to breathe. It can be caused by genetics or environmental factors, known as asthma triggers. Common asthma triggers include allergens, such as pollen or dust mites in the air, respiratory infections such as a cold, air pollutants such as smoke, and more.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that impacts the lungs, causing inflammation of the airways and making it difficult to breathe. It can be caused by genetics or environmental factors, known as asthma triggers. Common asthma triggers include allergens, such as pollen or dust mites in the air, respiratory infections such as a cold, air pollutants such as smoke, and more.

man using puffer to relieve asthma

An asthma diagnosis is likely if you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing and feeling like it is difficult for air to pass through the airways

  • Asthma attack

  • Tightness or pain in the chest

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty sleeping due to coughing or wheezing

  • Wheezing when exhaling

What is an asthma attack?

An asthma attack is the worsening of symptoms which happens very suddenly and results in extreme shortness of breath. It occurs when the airways become inflamed and swollen. This in turn causes the muscles surrounding the airways to contract, the airways to produce extra mucus and the breathing tubes narrow. An asthma attack can be prevented by adopting the following practices:

  • Avoiding triggers
  • Following the treatment plan laid out by a doctor
  • Closely monitoring your condition and knowing the warning signs

Are certain people more at risk of getting an asthma diagnosis?

Yes, the risk is higher for the following individuals:

  • Those with a family history of asthma, especially if their mother has it
  • People of African American or Puerto Rican descent
  • Young boys
  • Teen or adult women
  • Those who are obese or suffer with lung infections
  • People who have allergies
  • Those who work in industries with air pollutants, such as farmers or hairdressers

What are asthma triggers?

Asthma triggers are irritants or substances that an individual can be exposed to that cause them to experience asthma symptoms. These include:

  • Airborne allergens, such as dust, pet hair, mold spores or pollen
  • Physical activity
  • Cold air
  • Smoke and other air pollutants
  • Medications, such as aspirin, beta blockers, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Is asthma serious?

Yes, severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Additionally, severe persistent asthma can be disruptive to an individual’s life with symptoms that limit possible activities they are able to do. The classifications of asthma are:

  1. Mild intermittent asthma. This is the mildest kind, characterized by experiencing symptoms less than two times per week with minimal asthma attacks.
  2. Mild persistent asthma. This is slightly worse with more frequent symptoms occurring between three and six times per week. Night-time symptoms and asthma attacks are more common but are not impacting activities.
  3. Moderate persistent asthma. Similar to mild persistent but asthma attacks do impact activities.
  4. Severe persistent asthma. An individual suffers with ongoing symptoms 24 hours a day.

How can I prevent an asthma diagnosis?

Adopting the following habits can help:

  • Avoiding asthma triggers
  • Consistently exercising and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Engaging in regular breathing exercises and practices such as yoga or acupuncture

What is allergic asthma?

Allergic asthma is the most common type of asthma and is caused by breathing in allergens. When the airways are sensitive to a specific allergen, it results in the tightening of the muscles around the airways which then become inflamed and filled with thick mucus. Some preventative measures include:

  • Avoiding dust mites
  • Remaining indoors if high pollen counts are reported
  • Keeping indoor humidity under control

What complications are associated with asthma?

The side effects of asthma can have a negative impact on daily live through causing fatigue, weight gain, or mental health issues. It can also lead to time off work or school, hospital visits or even more serious medical conditions, including pneumonia, or respiratory failure.

How common is asthma?

According to the Government of Canada, “asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases in Canada” and impacts approximately 3.8 million Canadians.

When should I see an online doctor to help?

Seek guidance from a doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed for asthma, especially if you suffer the below:

  • Blue or pale face, lips, or fingernails
  • Fast or difficult breathing, particularly when talking or walking

How will a doctor diagnose asthma?

There are several lung tests that can be conducted to measure how well your lungs are functioning, these include:

  • Exhaled nitric oxide test: designed to measure how much nitric oxide is present in the body as high levels indicate inflammation in the airways
  • Methacholine challenge: this involves inhaling the chemical methacholine to see if this narrows the airways
  • Peak flow: created to measure how effectively the lungs dispel air.
  • Spirometry: the most common test which indicates how much air you can push out and how quickly

How does a doctor treat asthma?

After the initial diagnosis, a doctor can help with controlling the impact of asthma, easing the symptoms, and preventing asthma attacks.

Treatments can include:

  • Medications, such as inhaled corticosteroids which prevent and reduce swelling in the airways, leukotriene modifiers which block the substance which triggers an asthma attack in the body, long-acting beta-agonists which relax the muscles surrounding the airways, and more.
  • Inhalers, such as the combination inhaler which eases the asthma, or rescue inhalers which loosen the muscles surrounding the airways.
  • Biologics, this steroid may be provided if you have had a severe asthma attack or your asthma is not responding to medications.

How do I prepare for my online appointment?

To ensure the physician can provide an accurate asthma medication prescription during your appointment, you can help by noting down any concerns and answers in advance, along with any allergies they should be aware of.

What will my online appointment be like?

Appointments usually take between five to thirty minutes depending on the individual need. The online doctor will ask for a description of your symptoms. This will allow them to determine the best course of treatment. If necessary, they may recommend a follow-up appointment or a visit to a physical clinic.

How booking works.

“How do I connect with an online doctor about asthma?”

Our virtual clinic is designed to provide you with secure, trusted and easy access to the advice and care you need when you need it.

Here is how to book an appointment:

Here is how to book an appointment:

Skip the waiting room and book a virtual clinic appointment instead

Step 1

Select which doctor you would like to see and whether you prefer a phone or video call. We have a variety of male and female doctors available to help you in several language options.

Step 2

Attend your virtual appointment from the comfort of your own home using your chosen method of communication. We do not require you to download any apps or programs.

Step 3

Receive guidance and asthma treatment recommendations from the medical specialist. The doctor can share any necessary prescriptions with your chosen pharmacy, and you can opt to have medication delivered to your home for free or can collect in-person if preferred.

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Pricing

Telehealth services are covered by the provincial health plans in British Columbia (MSP), Alberta (AHCIP), and Ontario (OHIP) but not currently in other provinces (check back soon as this is changing). Patients with valid coverage in these provinces will not be charged for their telehealth service. Patients in other provinces will receive a receipt that may be reimbursed through a health spending account or other extended/private insurance.
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Telehealth services are covered by the provincial health plans in British Columbia (MSP), Alberta (AHCIP), and Ontario (OHIP) but not currently in other provinces (check back soon as this is changing). Patients with valid coverage in these provinces will not be charged for their telehealth service. Patients in other provinces will receive a receipt that may be reimbursed through a health spending account or other extended/private insurance. If no coverage is available to you, then appointment pricing ranges depending on the appointment type you select. There are no time-based fees or additional fees if an appointment lasts longer than expected.
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