Our medical institution is the premiere facility for diseases and disorders of the lungs and sleep. Our focus is on improving the quality of life for our patients. Enabling better sleep improves all aspects of your heath including mental health, weight loss, and other diseases. We offer comprehensive treatment services to ensure that all our patients breathe better and sleep soundly.
Medications are an important factor in a pulmonologist’s armamentarium for fighting and treating lung disorders. Medicine inhalers like some antihistamines and steroids work to decongest the air passages and reduce inflammation of the airways making breathing easier. Another method to treat some trigger-based breathing disorders is to remove the substance that causes the breathing problems. This can be accomplished through use of an air filter or wearing a dust mask. Washing bed sheets and avoiding the outdoors during high pollen days removes allergens that can irritate and inflame the air passages.
Given the chronicity and diverse nature of asthma and the multitude of medications that control the inflammation and spasm of the airways, successful and effective management of asthma requires a thorough education of the patient so that they become partners in their own cure. This includes review and identification of a patient’s aggravating and trigger factors and adjustment of their medications. An important element in a patient’s successful self-management plan is the use of the peak flow meter – a simple device that measures the flow of air.
With daily measurement of peak flow, a patient can accurately quantify the severity of the air flow obstruction and its day-to-day change. This serves as an invaluable tool in planning and adjusting the management of asthma.
Treatment is based on removing the offending agents (i.e. quitting smoking) and pulmonary rehabilitation to improve and preserve exercise capacity, use of bronchodilator medications, vigorous and early treatment of any respiratory infections and finally identifying individuals who are inherently at risk because of a condition called Alpha-l-antitrypsin Deficiency (lack of a lung protective protein in the blood) and replacing the missing protein.
CHRONIC BRONCHITIS TREATMENTS
Management of Chronic Bronchitis includes early and aggressive treatment of infections, proper use of inhalant medications, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Patient education, participation, and compliance to avoid exacerbation of the condition is important. Smoking cessation is also mandatory for effective treatment.
Early diagnosis is critically important to controlling the disease and its consequences, which include hypoxia (low oxygen levels) and Pulmonary Hypertension.
Smoking is a major risk factor for respiratory problems, cardiac disease, and cancer. Nicotine, a substance present in tobacco, is a potent, addictive chemical that can often make attempts to stop smoking fail to succeed. We employ a comprehensive program based on psychological support, behavioral therapy, and appropriate use of medications that aid in achieving success.