Asthma Specialist

Bay Area Healthcare

Kashif N. Abdullah, MD, MPH

Primary Care Physician located in San Jose, CA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 million people have asthma. If you’re one of them and live in or around San Jose, California, Dr. Kashif Abdullah offers asthma care and treatments at Bay Area Healthcare. There is no cure for asthma, but with proper management you can lead a healthy and active life. Call or book an appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and swelling in your bronchial tubes, disrupting your breath. Asthma is usually diagnosed during childhood.

Your airways are always inflamed when you have asthma, and when something further irritates them, an asthma attack is triggered. For example, airborne allergens like pollen can trigger an asthma attack. Some people also experience exercise-related asthma. During an asthma attack, your already swollen bronchial tubes become even more inflamed, restricting your breathing and causing you to cough, wheeze, and have a tight feeling in your chest.

What are symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms vary between people and in severity. However, some of the more commonly experienced symptoms include:

  • Wheezing — your lungs make a whistling sound when you breathe
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Disrupted sleep because of coughing or wheezing

What causes asthma?

The exact cause of asthma is unknown.The National Institutes of Health states that it is likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors that cause the disease. These factors include:

  • Hereditary allergies
  • Hereditary asthma
  • Childhood respiratory infections
  • Exposure to certain airborne allergens or viruses during early childhood

How is asthma diagnosed?

Dr. Abdullah asks questions to understand your medical history and uses a variety of breathing tests to measure your lung function. One of the tests involves a spirometer. You blow into the device, which measures your lung function. The measurements help Dr. Abdullah diagnose the severity of your asthma.

How is asthma treated?

Dr. Abdullah provides customized care to help you manage your asthma symptoms. Treatment often includes a combination of approaches including lifestyle modifications and medications to open your airways. He provides advice on avoiding triggers and often suggests exercises to strengthen your lungs.

For example, Dr. Abdullah can prescribe a corticosteroid inhaler to deliver medication directly into your lungs on a regular schedule. Corticosteroids are strong anti-inflammatories that help open your airways. Dr. Abdullah also can prescribe a quick-relief inhaler to be used when your symptoms flare up.

Throughout treatment, Dr. Abdullah monitors your lung function with the spirometer. This helps him determine if your treatment is working and if adjustments are needed.

If you’re concerned about asthma, call or make an appointment online today.