Asthma

Rafiquddin S. Rahimi, MD -  - Allergist

Allergy Relief Clinics

Rafiquddin S. Rahimi, MD

Allergist located in Richardson, TX

Dr. Rahimi and his colleagues at the Allergy Relief Clinic in Richardson, TX, treat patients from Garland, Wylie, Plano, Dallas, and Rowlett, Texas who suffer from asthma.

Asthma Q&A

by Rafiquddin S. Rahimi, MD

Asthma treatment Richardson What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult to move air in and out of the lungs. Asthma causes the airways, or bronchi, of the lungs to be swollen and inflamed, making them extra sensitive to common airborne allergens like dust, pollen or pet dander. When the already irritated airways come into contact with an allergen, they swell even more, further constricting the space available for air to move in and out of the lungs. Muscles that wrap around the airways also tighten, causing further restriction. This acute impairment to breathing is known as an asthma attack. Asthma affects nearly 26 million Americans, including more than 7 million children and causes millions of days of work and school to be missed. Asthma can not be cured, but with proper care and management, asthma sufferers can live normal, healthy lives.

How is asthma treated?

Asthma has no known cure, so doctors focus treatment on controlling the symptoms found with the condition. Asthma management is typically approached with two kinds of medicines, long term and short term. Quick relief medicines relieve asthma symptoms when they flare up and are usually delivered via an inhaler. Long term medicines help to reduce inflammation and prevent symptoms. Long term treatment should:

  • Prevent the chronic presentation of symptoms
  • Reduce the patient's’ need for quick relief medicines like inhalers
  • Maintain lung function
  • Maintain normal activities and sleep patterns and
  • Reduce attacks.

What can I do to manage my asthma?

You can maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a balanced diet, regular exercise and a healthy weight. Good overall health and wellbeing is essential to managing any chronic illness. It is also important to follow your treatment plan including attending regular check ups and taking medication as prescribed. Another top tip is to create asthma friendly environments to reduce exposure to any potential allergens which are asthma triggers. For example, do not keep pets in the home, clean regularly and use dust proof covers on mattresses and upholstery. If possible replace carpets with wood, vinyl, or tile flooring that will not trap dust and dander. It is also important to have an annual flu vaccination. People who have asthma are at a greater risk of developing complications from flu and pneumonia.

Insurance Providers

Our practice accepts many different kinds of insurance. For more information or questions about insurance providers, please call our office.

Aetna
Aetna PPO
Aflac
Amerigroup
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Cigna
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Guardian
HealthSmart
Humana
Medicaid