Asthma

Rana's Family Medical -  - Primary Care

Rana's Family Medical

Primary Care Practice & Family Medicine located in Wilburton, OK

If you’re one of the 27 million Americans suffering from asthma, you know how important it is to control your symptoms. Gerald D. Rana, Jr., DO, DPH, of Rana’s Family Medical Clinic in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a board-certified family physician who takes a whole-person approach to treating asthma in children, adults, and seniors. Dr. Rana determines the underlying causes and your asthma triggers so you can get long-term relief. Learn more about comprehensive treatments by calling to schedule an appointment or use the online booking system. Same-day appointments are often available.

Asthma Q & A

What causes asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which your airways are inflamed and tightened, making it difficult for air to flow freely into your lungs when you breathe. Though there’s no single cause of asthma, Dr. Rana identifies factors that contribute to your specific asthma attacks, including:

  • Early exposure to allergens and irritants
  • Genetics
  • A history of childhood viral infections
  • Immune system problems
  • Existing allergies


In addition to these potential causes, certain conditions and environmental factors trigger asthma attacks. Although everyone reacts differently to a variety of catalysts, some common asthma triggers include:

  • Exercise
  • Air pollutants such as smoke, perfumes, and strong odors
  • Extreme weather conditions, like cold air
  • Expressing emotions, like laughing or crying
  • Feeling stressed
  • Allergies to pets, pollen, or dust
  • Foods


The list of asthma triggers is extensive, so Dr. Rana works closely with you to identify yours so he can customize a treatment plan.

What are common asthma symptoms?

Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of an asthma attack. You may also have a tightness or heavy feeling in your chest. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be unable to participate in certain physical activities or have trouble sleeping.

Dr. Rana prescribes treatments that allow you to recover from an attack and minimize or prevent future asthma attacks.

How does a doctor diagnose and treat asthma?

Dr. Rana discusses your medical history to get a complete understanding of what may be causing your asthma symptoms. He performs a physical exam, lung function tests, and may also order a chest X-ray. The results from these tests and images help him understand what type of asthma you have, so he can develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

There is no cure for asthma, so your treatment may include medications to control symptoms and open airways, plus learning to avoid triggers. Dr. Rana may also address any underlying issues with your immune system. Additionally, he may recommend:

  • Breathing exercises to increase lung capacity
  • Rescue inhalers and nebulizers
  • Bronchodilators to relax tight lung muscles
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Home remedies


If you or a family member suffers from asthma or has difficulty breathing in certain situations, make an appointment at Rana’s Family Medical Clinic to receive the highest standard of medical care in a compassionate environment. Call the office, or use the convenient online booking system.