Schneider Medical Group, PA
Internists & Integrative Medicine Doctors located in Raleigh, NC
When you’re having trouble breathing, it’s terrifying. Struggling to catch a breath even when you are at rest is no way to live. Dr. Inaam Schneider treats asthma-related medical conditions affecting adults and children at her Raleigh, North Carolina, primary care office. She takes the time to discuss the impact asthma has on your life and to go over all the treatment options to get you back to your active lifestyle. Call Schneider Medical Group today to schedule an appointment for an asthma evaluation, or book one online.
Asthma / COPD Q & A
Schneider Medical Group, PA
What is asthma?
A chronic inflammation of your lung’s airways, asthma makes it difficult for you to breathe, especially during physical activity. Numerous factors can trigger asthma, and an attack requires immediate medical intervention.
If you experience trouble breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or tightness in your chest with or without physical activity, it’s important to receive a full evaluation and diagnosis as soon as possible.
How is asthma treated?
Asthma is incurable, but it's manageable, so long as you follow a recommended treatment plan based on the severity of your condition. You can use certain medications for either quick or long-term relief of asthma symptoms; they include:
- Oral and intravenous corticosteroids
- Short-acting beta agonists (via inhalers)
- Inhaled corticosteroids
- Leukotriene modifiers
- Long-acting beta agonists
Allergy medications may also be used to reduce allergic reactions that trigger asthma attacks.
What causes asthma attacks?
Several determinants can trigger an asthma attack. If you have allergies, exposure to triggers can result in inflammation of your bronchial airways, causing an asthma attack. Common allergy triggers include:
- Cigarette smoke
Asthma attacks can also be caused by:
- Colds and flu
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Emotional triggers
During an asthma attack, it’s important to remain calm. An inhaler of bronchodilator medications can be used to relax the muscles of your airways, allowing more air to pass through. If the inhaler isn’t working, emergency intervention is necessary.
How can I prevent asthma attacks?
If you suffer from frequent asthma attacks, it’s important to avoid exposure to your triggers. If you’re a smoker, smoking cessation resources are available at Schneider Medical Group. Quitting now will help to improve your lung function and prevent the worsening of your lung health. Keep your stress levels low and monitor your breathing patterns, and always make sure to have an inhaler with you in the event of an attack.
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, is a lung disease in which the lung airways suffer serious damage, eventually blocking the airways. COPD is progressive in nature, so it typically worsens over time unless it is treated. The two primary forms of COPD are bronchitis and emphysema. Most often, these two diseases occur simultaneously in COPD patients.
How does Dr. Schneider diagnose COPD?
Dr. Schneider may perform several different tests to diagnose COPD. A spirometry test is a breathing test that demonstrates lung function. It is a simple and painless test that allows Dr. Schneider to see how much air the lungs are capable of holding and how quickly that air can be expelled. Other tests that may be used to diagnose COPD include X-ray images of the chest, a bronchodilator reversibility test, and an arterial blood gas test.