Asthma is a repeated swelling of the airways that can lead to reversible blocks in the airway. An asthma “episode” can include airway swelling or tightening, or more mucous in the airway. All of this can make it very difficult to breathe, limit activity, and even cause death. Asthma can damage the lung continually, but “episodes” or attacks can be brought on by exposure to:
- Dust mites
- Outdoor air pollution
- Wood smoke
- Flu, colds, RSV, sinus infections, environmental allergies (pollen), breathing some chemicals, acid reflux, strenuous physical activity, some medicines, bad weather (thunderstorms), high humidity, cold, dry air, some foods or food additives and emotional stress
While there is currently no cure, early diagnosis and proper treatments can make you feel better and help you live longer. Asthma may occur at any age. Call your physician if you notice more than one of these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Waking up short of breath at night
- Needing more pillows to sleep on (especially more than 2)
- Feeling tired
- Chest tightness
In the clinic, certified, asthma-educated, respiratory therapists and clinical pharmacists educate patients on their health condition, triggers and medications. They evaluate asthma episodes, peak flows, triggers, compliance and optimize medication regimens through regular clinic visits. IV therapies can also be administered. Care is closely coordinated with referring provider and any other providers involved in the patient’s care.
The clinic is located at 770 W. High St., Suite 450, in Lima. Patients are seen by appointment Monday and Tuesday from 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM. A physician referral is required. For more information, call (419) 996-5069.