Asthma Specialist

Piya Ghoshal, MD

Internal Medicine located in West Islip, NY & Amityville, NY

Asthma is a lifelong health condition that if not well-controlled can affect your quality of life. Internal medicine physician Piya Ghoshal, MD with offices in Amityville and West Islip, New York, can help you manage your asthma, so you can continue to do the things you enjoy. For experienced medical care for your asthma, call Piya Ghoshal MD PC today to book an appointment.

Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic health condition that leads to swelling and accumulation of mucus in your lungs that affects your breathing. The severity of the condition varies from person to person and can be mild or severe. In severe cases, the breathing issues caused by asthma can affect the quality of life.

Common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing when you exhale
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Coughing

Whether your asthma is mild or severe, Dr. Ghoshal can provide you with the treatment you need, so you can breathe easy.

What causes asthma?

Researchers aren’t certain what causes asthma, but it may be due to a combination of factors, such as your genetics and environment. You may notice that certain substances or activities trigger your asthma. Common asthma triggers include:

  • Exercise
  • Change in weather
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory infection
  • Stress
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Identifying the underlying trigger of your asthma flare-ups may help you get better control.

What are the complications of asthma?

When not well-controlled, asthma can lead to complications that affect your quality of life. If you experience frequent flare-ups, you may be calling out sick from work too often or spending too many hours at the emergency room. Your asthma may also lead to a permanent narrowing of your bronchial tubes, affecting your long-term breathing.

Dr. Ghoshal can provide you with the care you need to minimize these complications.

What treatments can improve my asthma?

Dr. Ghoshal focuses her treatment for your asthma on preventing flare-ups and improving long-term control. She works closely with you to help you identify your triggers, so you can modify your activities to reduce your risk of an asthma attack. She also prescribes both long-term and short-acting medication to improve lung health and breathing.

Long-term asthma medication includes:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Long-acting beta agonists
  • Theophylline
  • Leukotriene modifiers

These long-term asthma medications are the cornerstone of asthma care and may help prevent the onset of an acute flare-up. However, in the event that you experience an asthma attack, Dr. Ghoshal also provides short-acting rescue medication, such as:

  • Short-acting beta agonists
  • Ipratropium
  • Oral intravenous corticosteroids

Dr. Ghoshal may also recommend allergy medication if allergies are the trigger for your attacks.

Asthma requires ongoing medical management to not only improve breathing but lung health too. For expert care, call Piya Ghoshal MD PC today to request an appointment.