Asthma Specialist

Janet Sanchez, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Janet Sanchez, MD

Internal Medicine located in Elmhurst, NY

Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are all symptoms of asthma, a condition that can make normal breathing difficult. Dr. Janet Sanchez helps patients in Elmhurst, New York, find relief from the symptoms of chronic asthma with safe and effective therapies. Whether you need to keep your symptoms in check during exercise or just want to breathe more easily at rest, Dr. Sanchez can get you on the path toward healing.

Asthma Q & A

What causes asthma?

Asthma doesn’t have one clear cause; several factors can contribute to the development of the condition. Some people may experience asthma attacks infrequently, while others may struggle to breathe every day.

Asthma symptoms are often triggered by:

  • Allergens in the air, such as pet dander, pollen, mold spores, or smoke
  • Conditions that weaken your respiratory system, like the cold or flu
  • Strenuous exercise or physical exertion
  • Stress or anxiety

Some people find their asthma symptoms get worse in cold weather or when they eat specific foods. In other cases, asthma can get worse if you’re taking certain medications, like beta blockers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Some people may develop asthma in childhood, while others may suffer from what is called exercise-induced asthma, which develops in response to physical activity and may only happen when you exercise.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Symptoms of asthma vary from one individual to the next, and you might not experience symptoms every day. However, the common ones include:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

Asthma can also produce a whistling sound when you exhale. Your asthma might even get worse if you have a cold or a cough.

What is the treatment for asthma?

There are many different ways to treat asthma symptoms. Dr. Sanchez can recommend the best options for you. She might first conduct an X-ray of your chest to test the health of your lungs or to test for other underlying health conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms.

People with asthma typically use inhaled corticosteroid allergy medications. These alleviate your immediate symptoms, while other types of drugs are available for preventing them from occurring.

Another technique Dr. Sanchez uses to treat asthma is a bronchial thermoplasty, which is a procedure that uses heat to warm the lungs and make breathing less challenging.

You can also improve your asthma by managing stress and avoiding known allergens in your environment.

To get relief from your asthma symptoms today, call Dr. Sanchez for an appointment.