6 Expert Answers About Treating Adult Asthma


Vijay Patel, MD, FCCP

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Asthma is a common condition that can be managed with the right strategies and treatment. Piedmont Healthcare Pulmonologist Vijay Patel, MD, FCCP, discusses the most common questions he hears from his patients.

 1.  Q: What is asthma?

A: Asthma is a chronic lung disease; it’s not something that will likely totally disappear. It affects the airways because they become inflamed, which then causes them to get more narrowed or swollen. They also will make a lot of extra mucus. These changes cause obstruction in the lungs, so they don’t move air as well and therefore cause trouble breathing.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 19, 2016

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