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Asthma

Lung & Sleep Institute

Pulmonologist, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in White Plains, MD

Roughly 1 in 12 Americans — both children and adults — struggle with asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. White Plains, Maryland’s leading asthma experts Song C. Chon, MD and Abbas Omais, MD, of the Lung & Sleep Institute, offer the latest in industry treatments. If you have asthma or are experiencing difficulty breathing, schedule an evaluation right away. Book through the online scheduler, or call the clinic.

Asthma Q & A

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that leads to narrowing and swelling of your airways. Because you’re also likely to produce extra mucus, breathing can become difficult. Asthma is known for causing:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Whistling or wheezing
  • Coughing attacks

Since asthma affects your breathing, you might find it difficult to get a full night’s sleep. Many people who suffer from asthma experience daytime grogginess or fatigue because the condition affects their sleep quality.

Why do I have asthma?

It’s believed that asthma develops because of a combination of environmental and genetic factors. You’re more likely to develop asthma if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Have allergies
  • Are exposed to secondhand smoke or pollution

Some men and women develop asthma because of exposure to occupational triggers. For instance, if you’re a hairdresser or a farmer, breathing in strong fumes and chemicals can lead to asthma.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais evaluate you by listening to your lungs, going over your symptoms, and possibly ordering a chest X-ray to rule out other issues. Generally, to confirm an asthma diagnosis, you need to have a pulmonary function test, such as a spirometry or peak flow test.

With the spirometry test, you exhale into a specialized device that measures how quickly you can breathe out. With a peak flow test, you exhale into a machine that evaluates how hard you breathe out.

These tests, which are performed right in the office at the Lung & Sleep Institute, require you to take a bronchodilator medication to open up your airways afterward. If your lung function improves after taking this medication, chances are, you have asthma.

Which asthma treatment is best?

While no cure for asthma exists, you can get treatment to manage the condition and improve your quality of life with the help of the team at the Lung & Sleep Institute. Asthma treatment includes a combination of short and long acting preventive measures for asthma attacks.

In many cases, this involves determining if you have allergies and possibly taking allergy medications. Your treatment can also include:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Oral medications
  • Combination inhalers
  • Short-acting beta-agonist bronchodilators

Many of these treatments help open up your airways and relax muscles around your airways, which makes it easier for you to breathe.

Schedule your asthma evaluation at the Lung & Sleep Institute either through the online booking system or by calling the office.