What is Asthma?

Asthma affects people in different ways but in general it can make breathing difficult, prompting coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing. It is a condition where a person’s airways narrow, swell and produce additional mucus. Advanced Dermatology’s expert allergists can provide solutions for patients suffering from asthma. Considered among the top doctors in New York and New Jersey, Advanced Dermatology’s highly trained group of doctors maintains a patient’s needs and safety as the highest priority.

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Causes and Symptoms of Asthma

While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason someone has asthma, it is generally accepted that a combination of environmental and genetic factors play a part. One of the common causes is the exposure to irritants or substances that cause allergies and asthma, though each person has different triggers. In addition, while some people experience a specific trigger exclusively in their work environment, others have multiple asthma triggers in their daily life. As for symptoms, the signs of living with asthma can vary from one individual to another. Some people may experience an asthma attack only when exercising, while others may have symptoms throughout the day. General asthma symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or tightening of the chest
  • Coughing or wheezing that disturbs sleep
  • A whistling or winded sound when breathing out
  • Respiratory virus, like as a cold or flu that causes the onset of coughing or wheezing attacks.
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How is Asthma Treated?

In order to best treat asthma it is imperative that you continue long-term follow up assessments with your physician. In addition certain prevention steps can be taken to help control your asthma. Once you are able to identify your triggers with the help of a doctor, you can begin to avoid these causes. It is also important to track your breathing and discuss the efficacy of your asthma medication with your doctor. In some cases, patients use a fast acting inhaler, such as albuterol, to reduce symptoms if an asthma attack or flare up should occur.

If you are in need of asthma treatment in New York or New Jersey, schedule an appointment at the Advanced Dermatology office location most convenient to you. With several offices in the NY and NJ areas, Advanced Dermatology is able to offer a wide range of people individual treatment assessment and expert medical care. Email or call Advanced Dermatology to make an appointment today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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There are several types of asthma that can be triggered by various factors. Some of the common types of asthma include:

  • Allergic asthma
  • Asthma induced by chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
  • Non-allergic asthma
  • Occupational asthma

To identify the type of asthma you are experiencing, make sure you consult with a board-certified physician in your area.

Some patients experience asthma symptoms in their early childhood, but these may disappear later on. With this in mind, many patients spend years without any symptoms, but the condition can return later on. To find the best alternative for each specific case, patients should consult with a specialist that can help diagnose the type of asthma that’s affecting them.

Yes, asthma is considered a chronic respiratory disease that affects the airways in your lungs. These become narrow and swollen, which makes breathing difficult for patients suffering from an asthma attack.

Asthma is usually triggered by an allergen or particular circumstances. When this occurs, the passages that transport air into our lungs can become swollen and tighten up, so patients experience shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

Asthma attacks typically occur after a person is exposed to some type of allergen. These include dust, pollen, and animal-based allergens. Additionally, some patients experience asthma after coming into contact with a particular smell or a stressful situation.