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Asthma

At HCAA we have the knowledge and experience to treat your asthma.

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Asthma: An Overview

There are an estimated 17 million people in the U.S. with self-reported asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease marked by wheezing, chest tightness, and/or shortness of breath.

Asthma symptoms are caused by the constriction (tightening of the muscles) and the inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the airways. Constriction and inflammation of the airways and increased mucosa make it difficult and sometimes impossible to breathe.

What you need to know about asthma:
  • Anyone can suffer from asthma
  • According to the CDC, 1 in 13 people have asthma
  • There is not a cure for asthma, but there are medications and treatments to reduce and manage symptoms
  • It is extremely important to seek treatment for asthma
  • Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children

The Hill Country Asthma Approach

1

Evaluation

When you come to Hill Country Allergy and Asthma we will evaluate your asthma symptoms. We take a personalized approach and evaluate the whole body.

2

Treatment

After we determine if you have asthma, we will create a customized treatment plan based on what works best for you.

3

Breathe Freely

We will continue to see you in your follow up visits to make sure that your treatment plan is effective and that you are able to breathe freely.

Symptoms of Asthma

Most Common Symptoms:

  • Coughing a lot during or after exercise
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing while breathing
  • Tight feeling in the chest

When should you see a doctor about asthma?

If you answer yes to the following questions you are a good candidate for seeing an asthma specialist:

Do  you feel faint, dizzy,  or weak?
Do you have trouble doing routine activities, such as cleaning, cooking dinner, or taking out the trash?
Do you have a  cough that won’t go away?
Do you wheeze when you breathe in and out?
Do you frequently have trouble breathing?

What to know before you come

Now that you have made the decision to visit Hill Country Allergy & Asthma, we want to congratulate you on being one-step closer to breathing freely. This website was designed to accelerate your journey to improved health by saving you time and providing supplemental reading that will help you better understand your condition and ways to prevent it.

“My son has been going to Dr. Mery for over a year.  I always appreciate how attentive the nurses are to him when checking him out before he is released after his shot.  This office is very clean and organized as well.”

Stephanie H.

“My whole family goes to Dr. Mery.  He has been a major factor in our family’s health and well-being.  Dr. Mery is compassionate and understanding.  He is determined to help those who come to see him and truly cares for his patients.”

Susan D.

“Hill Country Allergy has been a very good experience for me these last few weeks. A great team has been providing me with a thorough job of evaluating my allergy needs and implementing a specific plan to reach my specific goal of setting my allergies under control. All staff is efficient, courteous, and very knowledgeable of my specific concerns. I am very pleased with my current service.”

Sandra B.

“The staff at Hill Country Allergy & Asthma is nothing short of amazing. They greet you with a smile and they actually remember my name; you are not just another face. They are patient and take the time to explain things even if you ask them the same questions every other time you are there. The technicians providing the shots are extremely careful and service is usually quick due to the check in system they utilize. They are well organized, with excellent customer service.”

Ditrell B.

“Whenever Julie is the one who gives me my shot, I almost look forward to getting the shot. Her sunny disposition brightens my day. I did say that it almost makes me want to get a shot!”

Bob B.

“I have been very pleased with the great care I have received from Dr. Mery, as well as his entire staff. They are all great!”

Cindy M.

“I look forward to getting my allergy shots every month. The office staff is so friendly and professional. It is a very nice and relaxed atmosphere too.”

Maria B.

“Dr. Mery saved me! I struggled for months with a skin reaction that three other doctors were unable to get under control.  It was clear from the onset that Dr. Mery is truly invested in his patients as he spent so much time with me trying to understand my situation and helped me tremendously with my condition.  Dr. Mery and his staff genuinely care for their patients!”

Krista H.

“My son saw Dr. Mery years ago for his bad allergies.  He was tested, started shots and has been on shots for a couple of years now.  We cannot begin to express our gratitude to HCAA for helping our family.  Our son is completely different kid – he can now play on sports teams and enjoy playing outside with his buddies!  THANK YOU DR. MERY!”

Sandy H.