Asthma Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

If you find yourself struggling to catch your breath or experiencing tightness in your chest after exposure to allergens or exercise, you could be among the 25 million Americans diagnosed with asthma. At Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Ahmar Butt, MD, and Lalasa Valasareddi, MD, diagnose and treat asthma so you can breathe easier. To find out if you have asthma and learn how to manage your symptoms, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.

Asthma Q&A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to swell and reduces airflow from the nose and mouth into the lungs. 

It’s triggered when allergens or irritants, such as pollen or pet danger, enter the lungs. Some people have asthma symptoms triggered after exposure to cold air, exercise, laughing, or viral infections. 

Sudden onset of severe asthma symptoms is called an asthma attack, and it could be life-threatening.

What are common asthma symptoms?

People with asthma commonly experience the following symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing

If you experience asthma symptoms, schedule an appointment with the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance for a customized asthma treatment plan. If your symptoms are severe or you’re struggling to breathe, seek emergency medical care immediately.

What is an asthma attack?

If your asthma symptoms appear suddenly and worsen, you’re likely having an asthma attack. During an asthma attack, the muscles around your airways tighten while the airways themselves become swollen. Thick mucus forms in your airways, making it difficult to breathe. 

Common symptoms of an asthma attack include:

  • Coughing that won’t stop
  • Rapid breathing
  • Severe wheezing
  • Pressure or tightness in chest
  • Tightened chest and neck muscles (retractions)
  • Feeling anxious
  • Pale and sweaty face
  • Difficulty talking
  • Blue lips

If your quick-relief asthma medication does nothing to resolve your asthma symptoms, call 911 or seek immediate emergency medical care.

How is asthma treated?

There’s no cure for asthma. If you have asthma, the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance customizes an asthma treatment plan to help prevent asthma attacks and manage your symptoms.

First, you’ll work with the team to determine your asthma triggers. They’ll then create a plan to help you avoid the triggers and prescribe medication if necessary.

If your asthma is triggered by allergens, treating the underlying allergy is a possible solution to managing your asthma symptoms.

If you have frequent asthma symptoms, you may receive daily prescription medications to help control the symptoms along with a quick-relief medication, such as an inhaler, to use during an active asthma attack.

To find out if your coughing and wheezing is asthma and get an effective asthma treatment plan, call Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance or schedule an appointment online today.