WHAT IS ASTHMA
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. We diagnose asthma through a thorough examination; lung function tests, medical history, and a physical exam. You may also have allergy tests.
When your symptoms become worse than usual, it’s called an asthma attack. Severe attacks may require emergency care, and they can be fatal.
Asthma is treated with two kinds of treatments: quick-relief to stop symptoms and long-term control to prevent symptoms.
Why see an Allergist for Troubled Breathing?
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 troubled breathing for over 30 years. He knows the idiosyncrasies of life in NYC and can lead you to a treatment plan that will have you breathing easier and feeling better.
Common Asthma Triggers
An attack can happen when you are exposed to “triggers.” Your triggers can be very different from those of someone else. Know your triggers and learn how to avoid them. Watch out for an attack when you can’t avoid the triggers.
Burning Yard Waste
Breathing Cold, Dry Air