Asthma Specialist

Travis Sifers, MD -  - Allergy & Immunology

The Center for Allergy & Immunology

Travis Sifers, MD

Allergy & Immunology located in Kansas City, MO & Lee's Summit, MO

Approximately 1 in 13 Americans has asthma today. At The Center for Allergy & Immunology in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, Missouri, board-certified physician Travis Sifers, MD, specializes in severe asthma. He offers in-depth evaluations and accurate diagnoses, along with effective treatments, including in-office injection services for severe cases that don’t improve with inhaler therapy. Book an appointment online or by phone.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that can cause serious breathing issues. There are many types of asthma, including allergic asthma (the most common), exercise-induced asthma, occupational asthma, and nonallergic asthma. 

All types of asthma cause sudden asthma attacks, in which the passageways inside the lungs grow inflamed, and then swell up and narrow. The muscles in the area tighten, and the airways make extra mucus, both of which further narrow the air passages. 

What are the symptoms of an asthma attack?

Asthma attack symptoms commonly include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, rattling in your chest, and chest tightness.

The difficulty breathing and other symptoms start suddenly. These symptoms can be frightening and may induce feelings of severe anxiety or panic. 

What causes asthma attacks?

Many allergens and irritants can trigger asthma attacks, including:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Smoke
  • Chemical fumes
  • Perfume
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Extremely hot or cold weather
  • Powerful emotions
  • Upper respiratory illnesses 

Asthma and allergies share quite a few triggers; in fact, allergic asthma accounts for 60% of asthma cases. 

How is asthma diagnosed?

At The Center for Allergy & Immunology, Dr. Sifers treats all forms of asthma, and he specializes in severe asthma. To properly treat asthma, Dr. Sifers starts with a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms, medical history, and diagnostic tests. 

Common diagnostic tests include lung function test (spirometry), FeNO (exhaled nitric oxide) test, and allergy testing (skin test, blood test, or oral challenge). 

How does asthma treatment work?

Asthma treatment depends on your type of asthma and the specific triggers that cause your asthma attacks. If you have allergic triggers, allergy shots can be an important part of your asthma management plan. 

Most people with asthma use inhalers, including quick-relief inhalers and controller inhalers. The quick-relief inhalers are for asthma attacks. You use them when your symptoms start, and they quickly dilate your airways so you can breathe better. 

Controller medications are for daily long-term use. They work by managing the underlying physical problems that cause asthma attacks, including excess mucus production and swelling. 

Moderate and severe asthma may not respond to inhaler therapy alone. In that case, Dr. Sifers can administer in-office injections of biologic medicines. These medications are derived from living organisms. 

Biologics work by targeting inflammation-causing molecules, antibodies, or cell receptors, which interrupt the inflammation process. This can ultimately prevent your airways from swelling and reduce your asthma attacks.

For asthma help from a specialist, call The Center for Allergy & Immunology or click the online booking link.