Asthma Specialist

Matthew Levin, MD -  - Board Certified Family Practice Physician

Matthew Levin, MD

Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Greensburg, PA & Delmont, PA

For some men and women, asthma is an occasional inconvenience, but for many others, it can be a chronic issue that interferes with daily activities. Dr. Matthew Levin is a family physician with offices in Delmont and Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Levin and his knowledgeable staff help patients of all ages get relief from chronic asthma symptoms. If you want to learn more about effective asthma treatment options, call for an appointment or schedule one online.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways (bronchial tubes) in your lungs. When you have asthma, your bronchial tubes are always inflamed, making it difficult for air to flow in and out easily. For many asthma sufferers, asthma symptoms become worse during certain physical activities, or from certain triggers that cause your bronchial tubes to become more swollen, making it difficult to breathe.

In addition to the bronchial tubes becoming swollen and narrow, the muscles around the airways may also tighten. Your chest feels tight, and you may start coughing and wheezing, as you struggle to breathe. This can be a life-threatening and scary situation.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Symptoms of asthma are different for everyone. You may experience asthma attacks as a result of exercise or physical activity, or you may have symptoms all the time. Some of the signs include:

  • Tightness or pain in your chest
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Coughing, wheezing
  • Whistling sound when you exhale
  • Worsening symptoms when you have a cold or flu

If your symptoms are occasional or triggered by exercise, you can prepare and take appropriate precautions or treatments, such as your inhaler. Signs that your symptoms are getting worse include more frequent asthma attacks, increased difficulty breathing, and increased use of your inhaler.

What are my treatment options?

Since asthma is a chronic condition, there is no cure, but you can control your symptoms with treatment. Dr. Levin conducts a comprehensive health exam to rule out any other possible infections or conditions. He discusses the best ways to prevent asthma attacks from occurring, like learning to recognize your triggers and how to avoid them.

Depending on the severity and frequency of your symptoms, Dr. Levin may prescribe asthma medications or quick-relief inhalers. Allergy medications may also help alleviate symptoms if allergens are one of your triggers. Long-term medications include:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes
  • Daily oral medications that relieve symptoms for up to 24 hours
  • Inhaled beta agonists to open airways

Find out how to better manage your symptoms and get long-term asthma relief. Call or schedule an appointment online at either the Delmont or Greensburg location.