Diligent Medical Care, PC
Board Certified Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Union City, NJ
Since the 1980s, rates of asthma have been on the rise and currently affect more than 25 million people. While there’s no cure for asthma, you can control the symptoms. At Diligent Medical Care, PC, in Union City, New Jersey, you can get a personalized treatment plan from Mohammad Chaudhry, MD, and Sharon Mirante, APN, to help you get control over your asthma. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Asthma Q & A
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes your airway passages to swell and fill with mucus, which affects breathing and may lead to wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma affects everyone differently, and your symptoms can change over time. Your physician can help you develop a treatment plan to improve your asthma and control your symptoms.
What are asthma symptoms?
Your asthma symptoms may be similar to those of other pulmonary conditions like COPD and can vary depending on the severity of your condition. Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling sound as you exhale)
- Difficulty sleeping due to coughing or shortness of breath
If you’re experiencing these symptoms or you feel that your asthma is worsening, the team at Diligent Medical Care, PC, can work with you to devise a plan to relieve your symptoms.
What are common asthma triggers?
You may notice that your asthma symptoms worsen under certain conditions, such as exercise or a change in the weather. These are referred to as asthma triggers and differ from person to person. Knowing your triggers may help reduce your asthma attacks.
Common asthma triggers include:
- Respiratory infection
- Change in weather
- Cigarette smoke (or other air pollutants)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Pet dander, mold, and dust mites
How is asthma treated?
Diligent Medical Care, PC, develops a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your asthma. Your treatment plan centers around helping you gain long-term control over your asthma, as well as medication to help you manage an acute flare-up.
Long-term asthma management
Your long-term asthma management may include recommendations on how to avoid your asthma triggers, as well as medication you take every day to improve lung health and function, such as a corticosteroid.
The team at Diligent Medical Care, PC, knows that an asthma attack may develop despite your best efforts and also prescribes quick-relief inhalers for you to keep with you at all times to provide rapid relief during an attack.
Your physician may also recommend you eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of an asthma attack.
Asthma is a common chronic health condition that can worsen over time. For expert management of your asthma, book an evaluation at Diligent Medical Care, PC, or request an appointment online today.