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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
156 Williams Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Sharon Yost is an allergist and immunologist in New York, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yost include seasonal allergies, asthma, and food allergy. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Amerigroup, Health Plus Amerigroup, and Medicaid Managed Care, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at New York Medical College and performed her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Yost is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital.

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All Interests: Seasonal Allergies, Allergies, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy

Dr. Anthony G Saleh, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
7206 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Saleh works as a general internist and pulmonologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Saleh include emphysema, lung cancer, and bronchoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saleh accepts. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Saleh has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Saleh is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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All Interests: Airway Stent, Bronchoscopy, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Asthma, Acute Respiratory Distress ... (Read more)

Dr. Laurence Rezkalla, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
124; 86 Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Laurence Rezkalla is a Brooklyn, NY physician who specializes in general practice and general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Assiut University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Dr. Rezkalla is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, Vytra, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Rezkalla speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Hypertension, Colon Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Joseph Peterson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
506 Sixth Street; Nymh Department of Medicine
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Peterson works as a general internist in Brooklyn, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Peterson include mitral valve prolapse, anemia, and atrial fibrillation. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Dr. Peterson attended Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Mitral Valve Prolapse, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
326 79th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Maha Awikeh practices general internal medicine in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Awikeh's areas of expertise include platelet disorders, thyroid problems, and depression. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Awikeh accepts. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Awikeh speaks Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Bone ... (Read more)

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the tissue and airways of the lungs become extremely sensitive to certain substances. When these substances are breathed in, the lungs become inflamed. The muscles around the airways tighten and squeeze the lungs, and passages within the lungs swell and tighten. The airways themselves produce mucus, which further clogs the tightened, swollen airways. A person having an asthma attack finds it very difficult to breathe, and a severe attack can even be fatal.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but people with asthma are most often diagnosed as children. Symptoms can include wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some people have mild symptoms all the time, and some people have no symptoms at all, but everyone with asthma is susceptible to occasional severe attacks or flare-ups of symptoms when they are exposed to triggers. Triggers vary widely but can include:

  • Allergens (dust mites, pet fur, mold, pollen, grass)
  • Irritants (smoke, pollution, dust, chemicals)
  • Viral infections
  • Physical activity, especially outdoors
  • Certain medications or chemicals in foods (aspirin, sulfites)

Treatment for most asthma patients involves three steps. Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Take a daily control medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Also, have “rescue medication” with you at all times to take in case of a severe attack. These quick-acting inhaled medications relax the muscles around the airways and allow the lungs to open up for air.

There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it should not interfere with your daily life and activities.
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