Prime Care Medical Group
Iffat Sadique, MD
Family Practice Physician & Primary Care Physician located in Brooklyn, NY & Queens, Jamaica, NY
Asthma is a chronic airway disease that can cause significant breathing problems and interfere with normal activities. As a top-rated doctor in Brighton Beach and Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, Jamaica, NY, Dr. Iffat Sadique offers state-of-the-art treatment for asthma, helping patients manage their disease so they can lead healthier lives.
Asthma Q & A
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic airway disease that causes the lining of the airways to become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe. People who have asthma can experience “flare-ups” of the disease when exposed to irritants like smoke, mold, pet dander or other triggers, or in response to physical activity or extreme changes in temperature. Irritation of the airway lining causes overproduction of mucus and airway constriction, resulting in coughing, wheezing and problems breathing. Symptoms are often worse in the morning. In addition, people with asthma are more likely to develop colds and other respiratory illnesses, and to experience these issues for longer periods of time compared to those who do not have asthma
How Can I Tell if I Have Asthma?
Asthma diagnosis begins with a physical examination including an evaluation of lung sounds during breathing. A medical history and a review of symptoms are also important. When asthma is suspected, a breathing test may be performed using a device called a spirometer. During the test, patients exhale into the device which measures airflow and lung capacity. Spirometry testing also may be performed after inhaling an asthma medication to determine if the medication results in improved results. In some patients, chest x-rays will be ordered to rule out other issues that can cause similar symptoms.
How is Asthma Treated?
Patients who have asthma will need to use inhaled medications delivered through a small portable inhaler or through a larger electrical device called a nebulizer. Inhalers deliver a measured dose of medication using a quick “pump” action, while nebulizers convert liquid medicine into a fine spray and deliver it continuously for a specified treatment time through a mask. Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, losing excess weight, being more physically active and avoiding triggers when possible also can help in managing symptoms and preventing flare-ups. Seeing the doctor for routine checkups is also important for keeping the airways and lungs healthy and ensuring medication dosing remains optimized.
Dr. Sadique accepts most major insurance plans. Co-pays and deductibles are collected at the time of service. Certain services provided at our clinics are not covered by insurance companies - requiring patients to pay in full for such services. Self-pay appointments are $40 plus fees for any blood work done. *Please note that the insurances accepted at each location vary. For a full list of insurances accepted at each clinic, click here.