Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory condition that affects children and adults. It has both an inflammatory and a hyperreactive airways component. More than 30 million people in the US have asthma. Most asthmatics are allergic and this assessment is a fundamental in our comprehensive asthma care. We now know that smoking and severity of asthma as a child are risk factors for the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD. When asthma coexists with COPD, it is now referred to as Asthma COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS), and may require additional treatment.
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. There may be other signs of allergies, like watery or itchy eyes, itchy nose, sneezing, nasal congestion in addition to asthma symptoms.
Asthma can be controlled with medications, avoidance of triggers (allergic and not allergic) that are specific to the person with asthma, and a comprehensive and individualized care plan.
The comprehensive evaluation includes:
The treatment plan includes:
The Tulane Lung Center Integrative Asthma Care approach is the first of its kind in Louisiana. Dr. Parada is the only physician in Lousiana to have trained in pulmonary medicine, critical care, and allergy and immunology. She has also trained with the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC, hypnosis with the American Society for Clinical Research, and American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. She is a co-founder of the Mind-Body Center of Louisiana (www.mindbodyla.org), a non-profit educational organization.
The Tulane Lung Center is well equipped to evaluate and manage patients with asthma. If you or your loved one has asthma, please call 504-988-8600 to make an appointment.
Useful links to websites that address Asthma:
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