Asthma Specialist

Rakiyah Jones, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC -  - Nurse Practitioner

Kinfolk Family Health

Rakiyah Jones, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner located in Montclair, NJ

More than 600,000 adults in New Jersey have asthma, which is a chronic lung disease that can lead to serious complications if not well controlled. Rakiyah Jones, DNP, FNP-BC, referred to as Dr. Kai, at Kinfolk Family Health in Montclair, New Jersey, understands how asthma affects the urban community and provides expert care to help you get your breathing under control. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that leads to inflammation of the airway passages in your lungs. The inflammation causes the passages in your lungs to swell, which affects your breathing. The irritation and swelling of the airways may also lead to the production of thick mucus, which leads to even further narrowing of the airway.

There is no cure for asthma, but Dr. Kai can help you manage the condition based on the severity of your symptoms. Asthma symptoms are classified as either:

  • Mild intermittent: mild symptoms two days a week during the day or night
  • Mild persistent: symptoms twice a week, but not more than once a day
  • Moderate persistent: symptoms once a day, once a night
  • Severe persistent: symptoms almost daily and regularly at night

Your asthma may change over time, so it’s important that you track your symptoms so Dr. Kai can adjust your treatment plan as needed to give you the most effective relief.  


What are common asthma triggers?

You may notice that certain activities or substances trigger an asthmatic reaction. Knowing your triggers may help you better manage your breathing and prevent an attack.

Common asthma triggers include the following:

  • Allergies, such as pollen or pet dander
  • Exercise
  • Change in weather
  • Emotional stress
  • Air pollutants
  • Medication

If you’re not certain of your asthma triggers, Dr. Kai works with you to help identify the underlying cause of your attacks.


What treatments improve my asthma?

The goal of your asthma treatment is to prevent an asthma attack before it starts. Dr. Kai develops his treatment plan based on the severity of your asthma. For long-term management of your asthma, Dr. Kai may recommend the following treatments:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene modifiers
  • Long-acting beta agonists
  • Theophylline

He may also provide rescue medication for you to take during an asthma attack, such as a short-acting beta agonist or ipratropium. Dr. Kai adjusts your treatment as needed so you get the most effective relief and reduce your risk of complications.

For personalized care of your asthma, call Kinfolk Family Health today or request an appointment online.