Asthma Specialist

Matthew J. Markey, M.D., P.A.

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine located in Cumming, GA

Over 20 million American adults suffer from chronic asthma symptoms. To improve your breathing and reduce the occurrence of asthma flare-ups, you can rely on the experience of Matthew J. Markey, MD, PA. At his internal medicine practice in Cumming, Georgia, Dr. Markey offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to identify asthma triggers and improve your respiratory health. To learn more about treating asthma, call or use the convenient online booking feature.

Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that results when swelling in your airways causes them to narrow, making it difficult to breathe. In some cases, asthma may worsen under special conditions, such as when you exercise, work around chemicals or dust, or are exposed to allergens like pollen, mold, or pet dander.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms may be different from one person to the next. The condition may trigger a minor reaction or create a life-threatening situation that requires medical intervention.

Common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Coughing and wheezing

You may also have difficulty sleeping because of your persistent coughing and breathing issues.

What are the risk factors for asthma?

If you have family members with asthma, you may be at an increased risk of developing the condition. You may also be at risk for asthma if you:

  • Smoke
  • Have allergies
  • Are overweight
  • Work around chemicals

Exposure to secondhand smoke and environmental pollution in your daily life may make you more susceptible to developing asthma.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Dr. Markey reviews your symptoms and your medical and family history to determine if additional testing is necessary. He may perform tests to rule out underlying medical conditions, such as chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), that may be causing your breathing difficulties.

Typically, lung function tests can be useful in determining breathing dysfunction by measuring how much air moves in and out of your lungs when you breathe. Dr. Markey may perform a lung function test and order chest X-rays or other imaging tests to check for abnormalities or obstructions in your respiratory tract.

What treatments are available for asthma?

Initially, Dr. Markey may recommend medication to control your asthma symptoms. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may need occasional medicine, such as an inhaler, to treat symptoms when they arise, or Dr. Markey may recommend daily medications for long-term control of your symptoms.

If your asthma is the result of allergies, Dr. Markey may recommend over-the-counter allergy medications to prevent asthma attacks.

Dr. Markey can also provide guidance to help you learn how to avoid environmental allergy triggers, such as staying indoors when the pollen count is high and keeping your home free of dust through regular cleaning.

Find relief from asthma symptoms by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Markey online or by calling the office directly.