Asthma & COPD

Joseph R. Raccuglia, MD

Family Medicine located in Freehold Township, NJ

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are challenging conditions for many people in the Freehold Township, New Jersey area. Joseph R Raccuglia, MD, and his caring and knowledgeable staff are ready to help patients with these conditions so that they're able to breathe easy again. To learn more about the treatment options available, contact the office by phone or online today.

Asthma & COPD

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease, which causes the bronchi within the lungs to spasm. This results in major breathing issues. Although a person with asthma always has the condition, they will actually only exhibit asthma symptoms sporadically. 

These symptoms, known commonly as an asthma attack, usually include wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Most people are diagnosed with asthma as children or teenagers but some people are not diagnosed with asthma in adulthood.

How is asthma treated?

While there is no cure for asthma, there are a number of ways that it can be effectively controlled. Many patients have an asthma inhaler that they can use on an as-needed basis, during asthma attacks. 

There are also asthma inhalers that are designed to be used daily, whether the patient is having an attack or not. Some asthma patients benefit from oral asthma medications. These medications are generally best for long-term control of the disease in patients who have more serious asthma.

What is COPD?

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This lung condition makes it increasingly difficult to breathe, and this problem will worsen significantly over time. People with COPD will often cough heavily, which produces large quantities of mucus. 

A person suffering from COPD may also wheeze and experience tightness in the chest. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. However, frequent exposure to other substances like chemical fumes or dust may cause COPD as well.

How is COPD treated?

Since most people who develop COPD are smokers, the main goal of treatment is the cessation of smoking. Simply quitting smoking can dramatically slow down the progression of the disease and make patients much more comfortable.

Symptoms like shortness of breath can also be treated with the help of prescription medication. Patients can also develop healthier lungs and better overall health by engaging in regular exercise.

To get started on a treatment plan for your asthma or COPD, contact Joseph R Raccuglia, MD, by phone or online today.