Asthma

Jonathan A. Herbst, MD

Internal Medicine located in Port Chester, NY

Did you know that even people with asthma can breathe easily? All it takes is a proactive management plan. At his Port Chester, New York practice, Dr. Jonathan Herbst provides custom asthma treatments based on individual symptoms. His plans feature medication and other techniques that help reduce symptoms and prevent future flare-ups, allowing you to breathe easily. If you’re interested in controlling your asthma, call or request an appointment online with Dr. Herbst.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that is caused by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs. These spasms cause tissue lining to become irritated and inflamed.

When breathing becomes significantly restricted due to an airway being “squeezed,” it’s called an asthma attack. Asthma also causes your respiratory system to become clogged with excessive mucus, making it harder to breathe.

Asthma's severity -- along with the severity of asthma attacks -- varies by patient. Some people with asthma find it difficult to breathe on a daily basis, while others only show symptoms during an attack.

What are the symptoms of an asthma attack?

Asthma attacks cause symptoms like:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing when trying to breathe

Asthma attacks have some common triggers, including dust, extreme temperatures, pollen, smoke, chemicals, other irritants, or from intense exercise.

What are the risk factors for asthma?

Although researchers haven’t found asthma’s ultimate cause, specific risk factors exacerbate a patient’s likelihood of having or developing asthma:

  • Family history
  • Viral respiratory infections, especially during childhood and infancy
  • History of allergies or eczema (dermatitis)
  • Long-term occupational exposures to chemicals and other irritants
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

How is asthma treated?

Asthma doesn't have a cure yet, but you can manage its symptoms and live comfortably.

Most patients with asthma use a portable inhaler -- often referred to as a rescue inhaler -- that stops an attack from continuing. Portable inhalers are easily carried in a purse or pocket and dispense medication when the pump mechanism is activated, which you inhale through a mouthpiece.

Beyond using an inhaler, Dr. Herbst may suggest lifestyle changes. These can include an exercise plan, weight loss plan, thinking of creative ways to be more active, and finding ways to avoid asthma attack triggers like pollen or dust.

If you’re experiencing trouble breathing and seem to exhibit asthma symptoms, or you just want to get a better handle on controlling your flare-ups, Dr. Herbst can help you breathe easily with a medically sound plan: Call or request an appointment online today.