Asthma Specialist

Elkins Park Family Medicine

Rachel Rosen, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in Elkins Park, PA

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), over 25 million Americans, including 7 million children, live with asthma. For those suffering from asthma, high-quality care and management are available from Dr. Rosen at Elkins Park Family Medicine in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with asthma, call Dr. Rosen's office to schedule an appointment today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the airways in your lungs. Your airways are the tubes or bronchi that carry air in and out of your lungs. When they are swollen, the movement of air is reduced.

Asthma can be closely related to allergies. Often the inflammation in your airways is an immunologic response to an inhaled substance called an allergen. This reaction also causes the muscles that support your bronchi to tighten, which can further constrict your breathing.

 

What are symptoms of asthma?

Asthma causes a variety of symptoms including:

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tight feeling in your chest
  • Wheezing or a whistling sound when you breathe
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks
  • Disturbed sleep from shortness of breath or coughing

 

What causes asthma?

The specific cause of asthma is unknown, however, it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to your chances of developing this condition. Risk factors for asthma include:

  • Family history of asthma
  • Other allergies
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Exposure to certain chemicals or pollution

 

Asthma symptoms and attacks have many potential triggers including:

  • Airborne allergens like pollen, dust, and pet dander
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants
  • Physical activities
  • Stress
  • Certain medications and preservatives

 

How is asthma managed?

There is no known cure for asthma, so Dr. Rosen focuses on asthma management techniques to help reduce your symptoms so you can lead a healthy and active life. You will have routine check-ups to monitor your symptoms and treatment progress.  Dr. Rosen may order tests to measure the volume of air going in and out of your lungs.

Trigger avoidance is a critical part of asthma management. This might mean keeping your home clean to limit the amount of dust to which you are exposed or keeping your windows closed during pollen season.

Dr. Rosen can also prescribe medications to help keep your airways open. Asthma medications are either long-term medications that you take daily or quick-relief medications that you use when you have an asthma attack.

If you suffer from asthma, call to make an appointment today.

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