Asthma Specialist

Sanjay N. Khedia, M.D.

Internal Medicine Physician & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapist located in Covina, CA

If you’re among the 25 million Americans who have asthma, internal medicine physician Sanjay Khedia, MD, can help you live a healthy life. Dr. Khedia helps adult and elderly patients control their asthma symptoms in his practice in Covina, California. He also visits hospitals and nursing homes in the area. If you need asthma treatment, call the office or book an appointment online.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a common medical condition that causes the airways in your lungs to become inflamed. This inflammation makes the airways more sensitive, causing them to react to specific triggers.

An asthma reaction — called an asthma attack — happens when the airways narrow, swell and produce excess mucus. This blocks the flow of air and makes it difficult to breathe, often causing wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath.

This disease most often begins in childhood and lasts your entire life. Although there’s no cure for asthma, Dr. Khedia works with you to manage symptoms and help you lead a normal, healthy life.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms vary in severity, type, and frequency, and can also change over time. Depending on your condition, this disease can be a minor annoyance or a major interruption to your daily life.

You may have asthma if you experience these common signs and symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or whistling when you breathe
  • Coughing that may be worse at night or in the morning
  • Chest pain or tightness

A severe asthma attack can be life-threatening, so it’s crucial to seek treatment as soon as you notice symptoms.

What causes asthma?

Some people endure asthma symptoms all the time, while others have infrequent attacks in response to a particular trigger. Many conditions and substances can trigger an asthma attack, including:

  • Airborne allergens such as dust, animal dander, mold, and pollen
  • Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, or chemicals
  • Exercise or physical activity
  • Sulfites in food and drinks
  • Upper respiratory infections

Asthma triggers vary greatly from person to person. Dr. Khedia can help you identify your particular triggers, making it easier to avoid them.

How do you diagnose and treat asthma?

First, Dr. Khedia performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. If he suspects you have asthma, he may take a spirometry test to measure your airflow.

Then, he develops a personalized treatment plan based on your unique situation. Asthma treatment may include:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding asthma triggers
  • Long-term asthma control, such as an inhaler or oral medicines
  • Quick-relief treatment to relieve symptoms of an asthma attack

Dr. Khedia continues to monitor your asthma and may alter treatment as necessary. For expert asthma care, call or book an appointment online today.