Rohit K Katial MD


Asthma Attack

An asthma attack (also called an acute asthma episode, flare-up, or exacerbation) is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing. Although asthma attacks may seem to occur suddenly, they can occur after several days of symptoms getting worse. Symptoms may…

Asthma Action Plan

An asthma action plan is a written plan that tells you how to treat your asthma on a daily basis. The plan also helps you deal with sudden increases in your or your child’s asthma symptoms ( asthma attacks ). You need to treat the inflammation in your lungs to minimize the long-term effects of asthma. The plan tells you…

Spirometry

Spirometry is a test that measures the amount of air a person’s lungs can move in and out and at what rate. To be tested: The person places his or her mouth on the mouthpiece that is attached to a recording device (spirometer). The person breathes in (inhales) as deeply as possible. The person then blows out (exhales)…

Omalizumab for Asthma

Omalizumab (Xolair) is a medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people age 12 and older who have moderate or severe persistent asthma. This medicine costs a lot more than any of the standard treatments for asthma. The medicine works by blocking immunoglobulin E (IgE) from attaching…

Breathing Exercises: Using a Manual Incentive Spirometer

Breathing can be hard after you’ve had surgery, when you have a lung disease like COPD, or if you’re on bed rest. You may find that you can only take small, shallow breaths. Breathing this way makes it harder to get air into your lungs and can cause fluid and mucus to build up in your lungs. This could cause a serious…