Asthma and COPD

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common conditions of the lungs. COPD refers to long-term lung conditions which are often characterized by shortness of breath. Here at Bharmal Internal Medicine, we are dedicated to patient wellness and believe in building relationships with our patients in order to address any long-term health concerns. Dr. Vora is not only knowledgeable about both asthma and COPD, but has successfully treated countless patients throughout the DFW metroplex.

When you make an appointment with Dr. Vora at Bharmal Internal Medicine, you will immediately have a partner and an advocate in your corner. We look at the partnership between patient and doctor as a sacred relationship and treat everyone as if they were a friend or loving family member. Dr. Vora is a problem-solver and a care coordinator who will work around the clock in order to get the bottom of what is going on. When it comes to bronchial conditions like asthma and COPD, we will make sure we have addressed any concerns before making a diagnosis.

Understanding the Difference Between Asthma and COPD

The differences between asthma and COPD are subtle, which is why they are often mistaken for one another. Before we go any further, let’s look at the major differences between asthma and COPD:

  • Age - Perhaps the most significant - and telling - difference between asthma and COPD is the age at which the diagnosis is made. Asthma is often diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, whereas COPD is diagnosed later in life.
  • Smoking - The majority of asthma patients are non-smokers, while nearly all patients diagnosed with COPD have smoked or lived in an environment where they were exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • Environment - Most patients with asthma experience worsened symptoms when exposed to allergens, cold air, or exercise. COPD flare-ups, on the other hand, are typically caused by respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and influenza.

It is also important to point out that the treatment goals for asthma and COPD are different. Asthma treatments aim to suppress chronic inflammation and COPD treatments reduce acute symptoms. Both asthma and COPD are common respiratory conditions that share many of the same symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Bharmal Internal Medicine and schedule an appointment with Dr. Vora.