Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates

Medical Spa located in Lawrence Township, NJ

Although 25 million Americans have asthma, this diagnosis doesn’t have to prevent you from doing all the things you love. The integrative medicine specialists at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates in Hamilton, New Jersey help you to manage asthma so you can live a healthy, productive life. To learn how to avoid asthma triggers and manage flare-ups, schedule an appointment online or by calling Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease affecting the lungs. It narrows the airways within the lungs and tightens the muscles around them, causing glands to produce extra mucus. This mucous further blocks airways and makes breathing difficult.

It isn’t curable but can respond to effective management under a doctor’s care.

Men, women, and children of all ages get asthma. For many, the symptoms appear in childhood and improve with age, whereas others don’t experience asthma symptoms until later in life.

What are asthma symptoms?

When you have asthma, the disease is always present; however, the frequency and severity of symptoms varies from person to person. Signs of an asthma flare-up include:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or whistling while exhaling

How do I manage my asthma?

Board-certified pulmonary critical care specialist Dr. Mahmood Siddique and the staff at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates use several diagnostic tests to diagnose asthma. They use those tests, along with a physical exam and a discussion about your symptoms to assess the severity of your asthma.

Most asthma treatment plans include prescription medication and lifestyle changes to help avoid common triggers. Common asthma triggers and ways to avoid them include:

  • Dust mites: Reduce exposure to mattress and pillow covers; dust and vacuum frequently.
  • Mold: Reduce mold-causing humidity with dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
  • Pets: Bathe them often, and dust and vacuum household surfaces frequently.
  • Secondhand smoke: Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

Asthma medications are either inhaled or taken in pill form. Long-term control medicines reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. Quick-relief asthma medications provide immediate relief from an asthma attack.

Because asthma is a life-threatening condition that can lead to permanent scarring, it’s critical to work closely with your doctor and take a proactive approach to managing your asthma.

To improve the way you sleep, get back to the activities you love, and reduce flare-ups, call or click to schedule an asthma appointment with Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates today.

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