Asthma Specialist

Josette C. Palmer, MD, MPH, FAAFP -  - Family Medicine Physician

Happy Healthy You Family Medicine

Josette C. Palmer, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Family Medicine Physician located in Glassboro, NJ

If you've experienced the terror and pain of an asthma attack, you're not alone- asthma affects about 34 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, Dr. Palmer and her team at Happy Healthy You Family Medicine in Glassboro, New Jersey works with you to help manage your asthma the best way possible so that you can breathe easy.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lifelong disease that affects the passages that carry air to the lungs, making it feel like you can't breathe.

When an asthma attack occurs, these passages swell up and temporarily become narrow, which can cause tightness in the chest, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The most common asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness.

In severe asthma attacks, you might not be able to speak or move.

What causes asthma?

Several environmental triggers can cause an asthma attack, including:

  • Allergens like mold, dust mites, and pollen
  • Particles in the air such as pollution, smoke, chemical fumes, and strong smells
  • Certain over-the-counter medications like aspirin and acetaminophen
  • Stress
  • Exercise

Who gets asthma?

Everyone from young children to elderly adults can develop asthma. Specific risk factors may increase your chances of developing asthma. These include:

  • Having a blood relative with asthma
  • Having another allergic condition
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Living in an area with air pollution
  • Exposure to chemicals in the air

How is asthma diagnosed?

To diagnose asthma, Dr. Palmer first reviews your symptoms and checks your medical and family history. It's important to share specific details about your symptoms, and when they occur, so she thoroughly understands your experiences.

She also performs a regular exam and listens to your heart and lungs and may perform a series of pulmonary function tests to determine if you have asthma.

How does a doctor treat asthma?

Although asthma is a lifelong disease, many people who suffer from it can live normal, healthy lives with proper treatment. In fact, a variety of medications and preventive strategies can help manage asthma attacks.

Dr. Palmer and the team at Happy Healthy You Family Medicine help you play an active role in your asthma treatment.

An effective asthma plan can include making sure you have the right medication, treating other health conditions that may interfere with asthma treatment, and avoiding conditions that trigger an asthma attack (except exercise).

By taking a proactive role in your asthma treatment, you can significantly reduce the debilitating effects of feeling like a vice is squeezing your chest and increase time spent taking deep, relaxing breaths.

If you or a family member is struggling with asthma or is having trouble breathing, call the office or book online today to schedule an appointment!