Beata I Styka, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Physician located in Suburban Chicagoland area, Palos Heights, IL

Asthma often begins in childhood and continues into adulthood, but many patients have their first asthma attack as adults. Beata I. Styka, MD, in Palos Heights, Illinois, offers comprehensive asthma care, working with you to develop a personalized action plan and provide the medication needed to keep your asthma under control. If you need relief from asthma, call the office or book an appointment online.

Asthma Q & A

What causes asthma?

Asthma develops when inflammation in your airways causes swelling and mucus production. As a result, the airways narrow, and you have a hard time breathing.

Once you have asthma, your airways stay in a chronic inflammatory state. Then the airways are easily irritated when you inhale allergens or other irritants, and you have another asthma attack. 

A few of the most common asthma triggers include:

  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Cold air
  • Acid reflux
  • Stress
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Viral infections (cold or flu)

Exercise triggers asthma in 70-90% of patients. Dr. Styka can help you stay active with a plan to prevent exercise-induced asthma.

What symptoms develop due to asthma?

Everyone with asthma experiences symptom flare-ups that alternate with times when they’re symptom free. However, the frequency of each person’s asthma attacks varies. You may have daily asthma attacks, while someone else only has flare-ups a few days each year.

During a flare-up, your symptoms can range from mild to severe. You’ll experience one or more of the following:

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

Your symptoms may be worse at night or get progressively worse over time. Patients with cough-variant asthma, only have one symptom: a dry cough.

What type of treatment will I receive?

During your initial appointment, Dr. Styka reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam and diagnostic testing. Pulmonary function that tests how well your lungs work and typically diagnose asthma.

Your asthma treatment may include:

Asthma action plan

Dr. Styka helps you determine your personal asthma triggers and create a plan to avoid them. Your action plan also includes instructions about how and when to take medications.

Quick-relief medications

Rescue inhalers provide quick relief when an asthma attack occurs. Your inhaler contains medication that you breathe in, allowing it to quickly reach your lungs and open your airways.

Long-term control medications

Dr. Styka may prescribe a long-term control medication that you take every day to reduce inflammation and reduce or prevent future asthma flare-ups.

Allergy immunotherapy

When allergens trigger your asthma, Dr. Styka may recommend allergy testing followed by immunotherapy or allergy shots. Reducing your allergy response helps prevent asthma attacks.

If you have asthma attacks, whether you experience labored breathing, wheezing, and/or coughing, call Beata I. Styka, MD, or book an appointment online.