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Asthma Care in NYC

Treatment for Asthma and Respiratory Conditions

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing overall. While asthma can affect people of all ages, it is most commonly diagnosed during childhood.

For those living within the Bronx and Brooklyn, asthma-related hospitalization and emergency department visits among children 5 to 17 years rank the highest compared to all other NYC boroughs (with Brooklyn a close third). Similarly, asthma-related emergency department visit rates among adults are almost two times greater in the Bronx and Brooklyn than in the rest of NYC, making asthma a condition of concern in both the Bronx and Brooklyn areas.

For asthma care, please reach your team at MHHC at (718) 716-4400 today.

Common Asthma Symptoms

Asthma symptoms can vary in severity and frequency, depending on the person and the triggers involved. Some of the most common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. These may be accompanied by difficulty speaking, breathing, or sleeping due to coughing or breathing difficulties.

Symptoms may occur in response to certain triggers, such as exercise, exposure to allergens or irritants, or changes in the weather. It is important to recognize these symptoms and seek medical attention promptly, in order to prevent complications and manage the condition effectively.

Causes and Risks of Asthma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some of the primary triggers that can worsen asthma symptoms include allergens such as dust mites, pollen, and pet dander, as well as irritants like tobacco smoke or strong odors. Exercise, emotions, and weather changes can also affect asthma symptoms in some people.

At MHHC), we provide comprehensive asthma care to help our patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Our team of experienced healthcare providers works together to provide a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

Diagnosing and Treating Asthma at MHHC

Diagnosing asthma begins with evaluating a patient’s medical history and conducting a physical exam. Our healthcare providers will perform a complete assessment of the patient's medical history and current physical condition to help identify any possible asthma triggers.

Your provider may also recommend a test to check how well the lungs work by measuring the airflow into and out of your lungs (pulmonary function test). Using specialized equipment, we measure the volume and speed of airflow during breathing, providing crucial information about the patient's lung function.

Treatment will depend on the results of your physical exam and testing. Your provider will work with you and your allergist to develop a treatment plan that may include any of the following:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation: This service can help patients learn breathing techniques and build strength in their respiratory muscles, therefore encouraging a better quality of life.
  • Acute care: In the event of an asthma attack, our patients can rest assured that we provide prompt care and treatment, including oxygen therapy and medication management. These help in reducing the risk of complications.

Preventing and Managing Asthma

There are a variety of ways in which our team can help you manage your asthma symptoms and prevent the condition from worsening. This includes the following and more:

  • Asthma action plans: We educate our patients on how to recognize and manage their asthma symptoms and develop a personalized action plan that outlines treatment, triggers, and medication schedules.
  • Counseling and education: Our team provides counseling and education on smoking cessation, allergen avoidance, and how to manage asthma in different situations, such as while traveling or during exercise.
  • Use of inhalers and other medications: We provide the latest medications and instructions on their proper use, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible treatment for their asthma.

For more advice and assistance regarding asthma care, please take a look at answers to some of our frequently asked questions below:

  • Q. I have asthma - will I have it for life?
    • A. There is currently no cure for asthma, but it can be well managed with proper medical care, medication, and lifestyle changes. Our team will develop an effective treatment plan that can help you manage your asthma symptoms and lead a healthier, happier life overall.
  • Q. Is exercise safe for people with asthma?
    • A. With proper management, people with asthma can safely participate in most sports and exercise activities. Our healthcare providers can help develop a plan to help you reduce your risk of asthma symptoms during exercise or other physical activities in which you wish to participate.
  • Q. How can I reduce my exposure to triggers?
    • A. Identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers can help reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. Our team can help you identify your asthma triggers and develop strategies to avoid or reduce exposure to them.

Consult with a Team Member Today

At MHHC, we understand the impact that asthma can have on our patients' lives, and we are dedicated to providing exceptional care to help them manage their symptoms effectively. Through early intervention, professional care, and ongoing treatment, we can help our patients breathe easier and live healthier lives.

Want to do more? Ask your Pediatrician about Medicaid Together!

At MHHC, providing our community with access to effective and affordable care so that everyone can live a healthy lifestyle is our top priority. That’s why we’ve partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to help reduce asthma symptoms for kids with allergies through the Medicaid Together: Improving Asthma program. Participation in the program has decreased hospital readmission for asthma in over 90% of children! Speak to your pediatrician today to see how you can qualify!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take control of your asthma care in NYC. Reach out at (718) 716-4400 to begin.