Asthma Specialist

Healing Lungs

Raees Ahmed, MD

Pulmonologist, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in Conroe, TX

Asthma symptoms often begin in childhood and persist throughout your life. But you can also have your first asthma attack at any age. At Healing Lungs, pulmonologist Raees Ahmed, MD, has decades of experience specializing in lung disease and treating adults with asthma. Whether you’ve faced a lifelong struggle or you just had your first asthma attack, Dr. Ahmed can help you get symptom relief and prevent future flare-ups. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Conroe, Texas, or use the online booking feature.

Asthma Q & A

What causes asthma?

Asthma begins when you’re exposed to a trigger that causes inflammation in your airways. The inflammation then leads to several changes that narrow your airways: Your airways become swollen, muscles lining the airways tighten, and your lungs start to produce extra mucus. The result is that you have a hard time breathing, and you develop symptoms of asthma.

What triggers asthma flare-ups?

If you have allergies, chances are the same allergens trigger your asthma attacks. Beyond allergens like pollen, dust mites, and mold, some of the most common asthma triggers are:

  • Stress
  • Cold air
  • Acid reflux
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Chemical fumes
  • Strong odors
  • Viral infections (cold or flu)

Exercise also triggers asthma in about 90% of all patients. However, Dr. Ahmed can help you stay active with a plan to take medication prior to exercise.

What symptoms develop due to asthma?

Each person’s experience with asthma is personal. You may have frequent or occasional symptoms and mild or severe flare-ups. The severity of your asthma may change over time, so it’s important to keep in touch with Dr. Ahmed and monitor your symptoms.

You may experience one or more of these asthma symptoms:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Wheezing

Many patients feel fine during the day, and then their symptoms get worse at night. 

How do you diagnose and treat asthma?

Dr. Ahmed may perform one or more pulmonary function tests. One of the key diagnostic tools, spirometry, is done in the office initially and gives Dr. Ahmed information about the amount of air you inhale and exhale.

After a thorough examination and diagnostic testing, Dr. Ahmed creates a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms and your overall health. Effective asthma treatment typically includes:

A plan to avoid your triggers

You can reduce or prevent future asthma attacks by staying away from triggers. Dr. Ahmed helps you identify your triggers and create a plan to avoid them as much as possible.

Quick-relief medication

Rescue inhalers are small devices that provide a specific dose of medication to give quick relief when you have an asthma attack. You can also use a nebulizer machine, which turns the drug into a mist you can breathe in through your nose or mouth that gets into your lungs and opens your airways quickly.

Long-term medications

If Dr. Ahmed prescribes a long-term medication, you take a dose every day to reduce chronic inflammation and lower your risk of future asthma attacks. 

You receive comprehensive and compassionate care for asthma at Healing Lungs. To get the relief you need, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.