Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is an incurable lung disease that causes bouts of breathlessness, chest-tightening, coughing, and wheezing. In patients without asthma, the airways of the lungs are completely open, allowing air to flow in and out freely.

Asthma affects people of all ages and races, though it’s more common among women, children, and minorities. Patients with asthma have highly-sensitive airways which are triggered by a variety of things, including:

  • Air pollution

  • Colds

  • Dust mites

  • Medications

  • Mold

  • Pet dander

  • Strenuous exercise

  • Tobacco

  • Weather changes

Knowing and recognizing your triggers can help you prevent frightening asthma attacks.

What is an asthma attack?

During an asthma attack, the airways that carry air to the lungs shrink and mucus obstructs them, making breathing difficult. Some patients describe the feeling as trying to breathe through a straw.

Every day in the United States, asthma attacks send approximately 5,000 people to the hospital. Exposure to triggers causes asthma attacks, but those triggers are different for everyone. Signs of an asthma attack include:

  • Chest tightness or pain

  • Excessive coughing

  • Low peak expiratory flow (PEF)

  • Shortness of breath

  • Symptoms that don’t improve with a rescue inhaler

  • Wheezing

Some asthma attacks respond to an inhaler and home treatment, while others require immediate medical attention. Dr. Rabadi helps patients recognize the signs of severe asthma attacks so that they can get emergency care when necessary.

How is asthma controlled?

After your asthma diagnosis, Dr. Rabadi creates an individualized asthma treatment plan designed to control the disease and reduce the likelihood of attacks.

Recognizing and avoiding common triggers is the best way to prevent asthma symptoms and attacks. Medication is another crucial part of your asthma treatment plan.

In the midst of an asthma attack, quick-relief medication immediately controls symptoms. Quick-acting medications are administered using inhalers, nebulizers, or pills. Life-threatening asthma attacks may require intubation or ventilation.  

Long-term control asthma medication helps patients have fewer attacks and less severe attacks. Because every patient’s asthma triggers and response to side effects are unique, Dr. Rabadi works hard to find the best medication for you.

Controlling asthma is possible. Call or go online to book an appointment with Dr. Rabadi today.

Ammir Rabadi, M.D.
Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Yonkers, NY
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 32 million Americans have asthma. Uncontrolled asthma is extremely dangerous. Ammir Rabadi M.D. of Yonkers, New York helps patients of all ages manage asthma and prevent severe attacks. To learn the best ways to control your asthma and breathe more comfortably, call or book your appointment online today.