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Breathing Treatments

Medications are an important factor in a pulmonologist's toolkit 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.

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  • Asthma Treatments

    Given the chronic 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.

  • Emphysema Treatments

    Treatment is based on removing the offending agents like quitting smoking, and pulmonary rehabilitation to improve and preserve lung capacity. It can also include use of bronchodilator medications, vigorous and early treatment of any respiratory infections.For thoseindividuals who are inherently at risk because of a condition called Alpha-l-antitrypsin Deficiency (lack of a lung protective protein in the blood), replacing the missing protein is essential.

  • 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.

  • Smoking Cessation

    Smoking is a major risk factor for respiratory problems, cardiac disease, and cancer. Nicotine is a potent, addictive chemical that often makes attempts to stop smoking fail. We employ a comprehensive program based on psychological support, behavioral therapy, and appropriate use of medications that aid in achieving success.

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