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Asthma Specialist

VAMA Medical Health Center

Kafilat Adewunmi, D.O / MBA

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Aesthetics located in UNION, NJ

Asthma statistics continue to grow every year. Over 1.8 million people end up in emergency departments from an attack, and 10 million have to see a doctor to treat or manage a severe asthmatic episode. Kafilat Adewunmi, DO, MBA, is a family medicine physician at VAMA Medical Health Center in Union, New Jersey, who treats patients of all ages who have asthma and helps them manage their symptoms. Don’t allow asthma to affect your quality of life. Schedule a consultation today online or over the phone.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease. It causes the airways to swell, making breathing difficult. The symptoms are unpredictable, ranging from mildly annoying to severe, and different triggers may prompt varying reactions.

If you have asthma and need help to manage it, Dr. Adewunmi at VAMA Medical Health Center has years of experience in treating and controlling the symptoms.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

There are several early indicators you may have asthma. Common signs include:

  • Interrupted sleep through coughing
  • Coughing at night or after exercise
  • Cold symptoms that turn into coughs
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tight chest
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling weak

Dr. Adewunmi has treated people with asthma for many years. She assesses your symptoms and, if you have asthma, creates a treatment plan to help manage it.

What are the different types of asthma?

There are two ways you can look at asthma: classification and type. Dr. Adewunmi uses classification to determine how severe someone’s asthma is. They include:

Intermittent

Asthma attacks are mild and infrequent. They don’t affect your ability to do an activity. They occur less than twice a week in the day and less than twice a month at night.

Persistent-mild

Daytime symptoms occur 3-6 times a week. They may affect whether you can take part in an activity. Nighttime symptoms occur 3-4 times a month.

Persistent-moderate

You have an asthmatic episode every day and once a week at night. There are limits to the activities you can do.

Persistent-severe

Asthma severely limits you, and your symptoms affect you all day and all night. 

You can also look at asthma by type:

  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Occupational asthma
  • Allergic asthma
  • Cough-variant asthma
  • Adult-onset asthma 

Dr. Adewunmi performs an asthma control test at each visit to help classify her patients accurately and provide appropriate treatment.

Is there a cure for asthma?

There’s no cure for asthma, but with careful treatment, you can manage and control the symptoms, recognize the triggers, and prevent the severity and frequency of asthmatic episodes. 

Combined inhalers, steroids, and pills are common asthma medications. If your asthma is allergy-triggered, Dr. Adewunmi may also prescribe immunotherapy – a course of allergy shots – as a preventive measure. Allergy shots build up your resistance to an allergy so that, over time, you have less of a reaction.

Asthma symptoms can change and become severe or even life-threatening if untreated. Partner with VAMA Medical Health Center to stay on top of your condition. Don't let asthma take control of your life. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment.