Asthma Specialist

NewMed Immediate Care

Urgent Care located in Rolling Meadows, IL

While asthma isn’t a condition that can be cured, however, it can be managed with proper care and precautions. If you suspect you have asthma and live in or around Rolling Meadows, Illinois, consult with Ruchir Thakkar, MD, and the team at NewMed Immediate Care. Because everyone is different, symptoms and treatment of asthma will vary, but Dr. Thakkar can develop a plan that’s right for you. You can schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is what happens when your airways narrow, swell, and produce excess mucus. As a result, the simple act of breathing can become difficult. Other symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are not often far behind.

Asthma can range from a minor issue to a major problem that can cause a life-threatening attack, and everyone with asthma experiences it differently. The condition can also change over time. Fortunately, symptoms can be well-managed when you work with Dr. Thakkar to adjust treatments as needed.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Because everyone is different, asthma symptoms vary, and may include:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep issues due to wheezing and coughing
  • Wheezing sounds
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus (a cold or the flu)
  • Dizziness F
  • ast, shallow breathing
  • Trouble speaking
  • Anxiety
  • Blue lips

At times, your asthma may worsen, and this is to be expected. Symptoms may include more difficulty breathing than usual and more frequent inhaler use.

Certain conditions and situations may cause flare-ups, such as allergies and exercise. There's even occupational asthma, which is triggered by gases, chemical fumes, or dust in the workplace.

What are the causes of asthma?

No one really knows the root causes of asthma, but there are known triggers. Varying from individual to individual, the triggers that worsen this condition may include:

  • Stress
  • Respiratory infections and colds
  • Physical activity
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants (smoke)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Medication like aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), and beta blockers
  • Airborne irritants (mold spores, pet dander, pollen, dust mites, cockroach waste)

Sulfites and preservatives, which are common in wine, beer, dried fruit, shrimp, and processed food, can also trigger asthma.

How is asthma treated?

After diagnosis, Dr. Thakkar develops a plan with you to manage your asthma and prevent severe symptoms. You'll be able to recognize what triggers your symptoms and how you can avoid asthma attacks.

Treatment may include:

  • Short-acting beta agonists, such as rescue inhalers
  • Intubation in severe cases
  • Ipratropium (Atrovent HFA) when other inhalers don't work
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Avoiding triggers

Once you've been diagnosed with asthma, it's integral to regularly meet with Dr. Thakkar to manage your symptoms and ensure you have a sound plan in the event of an asthma attack.

If you think you may have asthma symptoms, stop into NewMed Immediate Care for assessment and treatment. Walk-ins are always welcome.