Biologic Asthma Treatment Doctor in Brooklyn, NY
When you experience frequent wheezing, coughing or shortness of breath, visit expert pulmonologist Dr. Mayank Shukla for biologic asthma treatment. We are located at 2833 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11235 Call (929) 298-2202 or book an appointment online.
While there are many effective asthma treatments out there, some people do not respond well to short term or long term treatments. They continue to suffer from moderate to severe asthma attacks that require frequent use of a “rescue inhaler” or a visit to a local emergency room. If you continue to suffer moderate to severe asthma symptoms, come to Allergy Asthma & Sleep Center for Excellence today and learn more about a new treatment available for this condition: Biologic Asthma Treatment. Under the leadership of Dr. Mayank Shukla, this newly approved treatment method has helped many control their asthma symptoms. Biologics target a specific antibody, cell, or molecule that is playing a pivotal role in a patient’s asthma outbreak. This treatment is also known as precision therapy since it does such an excellent job of targeting these triggers. Make an appointment today and see if biologic asthma treatment is right for you!
What is a biologic medication?
This treatment is made from cells of a living organism. They are modified to target the specific cells or molecules that are causing a patient’s asthma. In many cases, these targets are cell receptors, antibodies, or inflammatory molecules. Overall, a biologic medication tries to disrupt the causes of many asthma symptoms: Inflammation.
When would I need to use a biologic?
Do you suffer the following symptoms despite regular asthma treatment?
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent coughing
- Routine use of rescue inhalers
- Frequent visits to the emergency room
- Using steroids for acute symptoms
If so, then biologics should be considered as a treatment to control your asthma symptoms.
What are the benefits of a biologic medication?
Many patients report having to take less oral steroids to control their asthma and less emergency room visits. They also report a reduced need for controller medication. Finally, patients end up missing fewer days of work or school because the asthma symptoms are better controlled. If successful, biologics will improve your overall quality of life and in some cases, improve overall lung function.
Are there restrictions for biologic medications to treat asthma?
Before we can begin treatment, skin prick testing and blood screenings are needed so our providers can select the best biologic for you. Most biologics can be prescribed for patients who are 12 or older. Certain biologics, however, can be given for those as young as six or must wait until a patient is at least 18. Our doctor will discuss with you which biologic is right for you to treat your asthma symptoms.
How are biologics medications administered?
A significant difference between biologics and other asthma medications is that most biologics are administered via injection or by IV infusion. Depending on the biologic selected by our providers, we may need you to wait up to two hours at our clinic after treatment for observation. This observation is to ensure there are no adverse reactions to your treatment. If there is, our staff can quickly address it. These reactions are rare, but your health and safety are our top concern.
How often will I need to visit your office for a treatment using biologics?
Generally, you should expect to visit Allergy Asthma & Sleep Center for Excellence in Brooklyn every two to eight weeks for treatment. The time between visits depends on the biologic select and can even vary from patient to patient.
Are the side effects of biologics?
Biologics are very safe, according to recent research. There is a small risk of anaphylaxis with some biologics. If you are at risk for this reaction, we will prescribe you an epinephrine autoinjector for you. When you visit our clinic, we will check on the status of your varicella vaccination and screen you for certain parasitic infections. Some other side effects include headache, sore throat, fatigue, and soreness at the injection site.
Call today at (929) 298-2202 to make an appointment at one of our locations. We look forward to meeting you!