Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your breathing by constricting airways of the human body. Airways are tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. Asthma causes the inside walls of the body's airways, which become sore, swollen, and sensitive. These airways may react to allergens, things that patient is allergic to, or irritants. When triggered by irritants or allergies, airways get get narrower and subsequently the lungs take in less air.
Symptoms of Asthma
- Coughing, especially early in the morning or at night
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
It is important to note that, not all people who have asthma have these symptoms and these symptoms don't always mean that you have asthma. We diagnose asthma through a thorough examination; lung function tests, medical history, and a physical exam. You may also have allergy tests.
When your asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it's called an asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care, and they can be fatal.
Asthma is treated with two kinds of medicines: quick-relief medicines to stop asthma symptoms and long-term control medicines to prevent symptoms.
Why see an Allergist for Asthma?
An allergist has received years of specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, immune deficiencies and other immunologic diseases you can expect an accurate diagnosis, a treatment plan that works and educational information to help you manage your disease and feel better.
Dr. Arthur Lubitz has successfully treated asthma patients for over 30 years. He knows the idiosyncrasies of life in NYC and can lead you to an asthma treatment plan that will have you breathing easier and feeling better.
with a comprehensive, easy to administer asthma treatment plan.
Common Asthma Triggers
Dust Mites Air Pollution
Burning Yard Waste
Breathing Cold, Dry Air