Asthma Specialist

C+Y Medical PC

Internists & Primary Care Physicians located in Brooklyn, New York, NY

It’s estimated that asthma symptoms affect 26 million Americans. When an asthma attack strikes, the tightness in your chest and shortness of breath can be frightening. In Brooklyn, New York, the compassionate medical team at C+Y Medical PC have experience managing pulmonary conditions like asthma and can help ease your attacks and lessen your symptoms. Call C+Y Medical or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about asthma management.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease associated with your lungs and breathing. When you’re having an asthma attack, the bronchial tubes leading to your lungs become narrowed and inflamed. As this occurs, the flow of oxygen is reduced, and breathing becomes more difficult.

Asthma symptoms can vary in severity and include:

  • Wheezing
  • Whistling
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

In the United States, asthma is one of the leading reasons people miss work and school. In severe cases, asthma can be fatal if left untreated.

What causes asthma?

While the exact cause of asthma is unknown, it typically begins in childhood and is a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Conditions that can trigger an asthma attack include:

  • Severe heartburn
  • Intense or strenuous exercise
  • Upper respiratory tract infections and sinusitis
  • Certain medications
  • Food or environmental allergies

Because asthma varies from person to person, it’s important to tell your doctor if you’ve noticed triggers that worsen or intensify your symptoms.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Based on your symptoms and family history, your doctor at C+Y Medical PC might recommend a variety of tests, including a spirometry test, to measure your breathing function. During a spirometry test, your doctor checks your lung function by measuring how quickly you can exhale air and how much air you can breathe in and out.

Allergy testing is also common when diagnosing asthma because it’s a closely related condition that can cause asthma attacks.

How is asthma treated?

Asthma is considered a chronic condition that has no cure, but your symptoms can diminish over time.

Using quick-relief medications in addition to long-term prescriptions and lifestyle modifications, your doctor works closely with you to continually evaluate how well you’re responding to the therapies being used to manage your asthma.

Asthma is considered under control if:

  • Regular activities can be performed without disruption
  • Only one asthma attack each year requires oral corticosteroids
  • You need quick-relief medications like inhalers less than two days per week
  • Asthma symptoms don’t interrupt your sleep more than twice per month

If you think you have asthma, call C+Y Medical PC or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about how their friendly staff can help you manage your symptoms.

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