Asthma Specialist

Personal Primary Care

Internal Medicine & Internists located in Springfield, MA & East Longmeadow, MA

Asthma is a chronic condition that can affect both children and adults. It causes a number of unpleasant symptoms, particularly breathing problems. However, with the help of Talal Khan, MD, and the team at Personal Primary Care, patients can reduce asthma attacks dramatically. Call the office in Springfield, Massachusetts, or book online to learn more about your options for asthma treatment.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes problems in the lung airways. People who have asthma have periods of wellness interspersed with occasional asthma attacks, which render them unable to breathe properly. The frequency of the asthma attacks can vary considerably from one person to the next, and the severity of the asthma attacks can vary widely as well. Asthma affects people of all ages and is most often diagnosed during childhood.

What happens in the body during an asthma attack?

An asthma attack occurs in the airways of the lungs. Secretions are emitted inside the airways, and those airways soon become highly inflamed. This leads to major swelling, sometimes to the point that the airways are nearly closed off. This quickly causes the patient to gasp for air, cough, wheeze, and experience tightness or pain in the lungs. Many people describe a sensation of suffocation, or of being a fish out of water when talking about their asthma attacks.

What causes an asthma attack?

Asthma can occur for a variety of reasons, and the cause isn't always known. Many asthma sufferers are eventually able to identify certain triggers. Some common asthma triggers can include heavy exercise, very hot or very cold weather, pollen, dust, or pet hair.

How is asthma treated?

Asthma treatment is an individual process. The team at Personal Primary Care believes in getting to know their patients and their asthma symptoms well so that they can create the most effective treatment plan possible.

Patients with severe asthma may need both daily preventive medicine and "rescue" medicine to use at the onset of an attack. People who have mild asthma may find that rescue medicines are sufficient to control their symptoms. In some cases, steroid medications like prednisone may be needed to help stabilize an overactive immune system, while also reducing inflammation in the airways.

Part of asthma treatment can involve lifestyle changes, especially if specific triggers have been identified. However, it may not always be possible to avoid every asthma attack. A preventive plan and lifestyle choices are the best defense for reducing asthma symptoms.

To learn more about getting your asthma under control, call Personal Primary Care or book an appointment online.