Men and women suffering from respiratory diseases, such as asthma and COPD, benefit from medical support for management of symptoms. With more than 25 years of experience in internal medicine, Dr. Vijay Patel can help educate you as to how to live with respiratory problems and offer medications and interventions to prevent a worsening of symptoms. Make an appointment at one of his offices in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and Matawa, New Jersey, by calling or using the online booking agent.
Asthma and COPD Q & A
What is asthma?
Asthma affects your lungs by inflaming and narrowing the airways, so it’s hard to take in an adequate breath. It’s characterized by wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and shortness of breath. The condition usually begins in childhood but can persist as you become an adult.
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a separate respiratory condition. It’s progressive, meaning it worsens over time. People with COPD experience a lot of coughing that produces mucus, shortness of breath, and chest tightness – symptoms similar to asthma. Smoking is the number one cause of COPD as it causes the bronchial tubes to over expand, so you can’t fully exhale. This leaves air trapped in your lungs, decreasing the efficiency of your breathing capacity.
How are COPD and asthma diagnosed?
COPD and asthma have outwardly similar symptoms. But, COPD is the only one that worsens with time. COPD most often appears in middle age or older adulthood, while asthma is usually diagnosed in childhood, usually between the ages of 5 and 10. Dr. Patel reviews your medical and family history, your current respiratory symptoms, and performs a physical exam that includes respiratory tests to diagnose your condition.
How are COPD and asthma treated?
There’s no cure for COPD and asthma, but you can manage both respiratory conditions with your doctor’s assistance. With asthma, Dr. Patel can help you learn your triggers – such as pollution, cold air, or allergens – so you know how to avoid an attack. He may also offer medications, ranging from quick-relief to long-term asthma control, to help you manage your symptoms.
COPD treatment aims to manage your symptoms so you can function normally and feel good. If you smoke, Dr. Patel recommends you quit immediately and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke to prevent the condition from worsening. He also offers medications, such as inhaled or oral steroids and bronchodilators. In more advanced stages of the disease, oxygen therapy, nutritional advice, and exercise training can help you manage your symptoms.
Why should I seek medical management of COPD and asthma?
By managing your asthma symptoms with support from a doctor, such as Dr. Patel, you can live a normal, active, and healthy life. COPD worsens as you age, but you can delay the progression of the disease. Plus, medical management helps you avoid many of the diseases that often appear in conjunction with these respiratory conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
Contact the office of Vijay Patel, MD today to take charge of your respiratory health.