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Asthma Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

Roughly 25 million men, women, and children have asthma in the United States. Severe asthma symptoms can be dangerous, and even mild asthma can interfere with sleep and daily activities. The board-certified team of providers at MM Jersey City Breathing Center can help you learn how to avoid asthma triggers and relieve symptoms so you can regain control over your life. The team offers personalized asthma solutions at three locations throughout Jersey City, New Jersey. To schedule an asthma evaluation for yourself or your child, call the MM Jersey City Breathing Center office nearest you.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a group of health conditions that cause inflammation of the airways resulting in breathing difficulties and other respiratory symptoms. 

Asthma symptoms arise in response to triggers and can be dangerous or even fatal if not treated. Asthma can’t be cured, but avoiding triggers and medical management can prevent asthma from interfering with daily life and causing severe complications.

What are asthma triggers?

Asthma may be triggered by a variety of factors, such as:

  • Pollen, mold, and other allergens
  • Sulfites in food
  • Colds and other respiratory illnesses
  • Exercise
  • Smoke and other air pollutants
  • Weather conditions (wind, cold air, thunderstorms)
  • Certain medications
  • Stress and strong emotions

Underlying health conditions can also trigger asthma symptoms, including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

These triggers may cause only mild asthma symptoms, or they may cause a severe, life-threatening asthma attack.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The most common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Rapid breathing

Asthma symptoms can interfere with sleep, which can affect your mood and your overall health.

How is asthma diagnosed?

During your asthma evaluation at MM Jersey City Breathing Center, your skilled physician spends time reviewing your medical history and discussing your symptoms with you in detail. They also perform a comprehensive physical exam.

Your doctor may perform some breathing tests, such as spirometry, to test the function of your bronchial passages. Your doctor may also recommend additional diagnostics, including X-rays, a CT scan, or allergy testing.

How is asthma treated?

To control your asthma, your MM Jersey City Breathing Center provider designs a personalized management program. 

Your program includes an asthma action plan. This is a written document with information about mild, moderate, and severe asthma symptoms and action steps to take when symptoms arise, worsen, or become dangerous.

Your doctor also gives you information to help you avoid asthma triggers. Your asthma management program may include:

  • Inhalers
  • Nebulizers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Dietary changes
  • Air purifiers
  • Climate control devices
  • Allergy medications or immunotherapy

A healthy, active lifestyle can also help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms.

If you or your child suffers from asthma, schedule an evaluation with a caring provider at MM Jersey City Breathing Center. Call the location nearest you today.