Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory condition that affects children and adults. It has both an inflammatory and a hyperreactive airways component. Patients with asthma will experience shortness of breath that may come and go, chest tightness, wheezing or a chronic cough. It can have many different triggers including allergens (trees, weeds, grasses, pets, dust mites), strong scents, viruses, cigarette smoke, cold air, or exercise. It can be controlled with medications, avoidance of triggers that are specific to the person with asthma, and a comprehensive and individualized care plan.
More than 30 million people in the US have asthma. Most asthmatics are allergic and this assessment is a fundamental approach to our asthma care. The treatment includes quick relievers and controllers of inflammation. The comprehensive evaluation includes: formal evaluation of the respiratory status using pulmonary function test (PFT), Peak Flow diaries, assessment of asthma severity and control, evaluation of other medical conditions that may need to be addressed in order to control asthma, such as rhinitis, sinusitis, reflux, sleep apnea, and stress with appropriate referrals as needed. A written asthma action plan developed for each patient is an integral component of our asthma care. Finally, the patient is empowered to be an active participant in his/her care with education and the tools needed for asthma control.
The Tulane Lung Center is well equipped to evaluate and manage patients with asthma. If you or your loved one has asthma please call and make an appointment by calling 504-988-8600
Useful links to websites that address Asthma:
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