Asthma is a common disease in all ages, resulting in wheezing, cough, shortness of breath or chest tightness. Factors in your environment, such as high allergens, pet dander or air pollution, can affect your breathing.
A pulmonologist, which is a physician who specializes in diseases of the lungs, can help you manage your respiratory disease. It is critical this care and treatment be in coordination with your primary care physician. However, when you are living with severe, persistent asthma in addition to other health issues, it can become even more difficult to control your asthma symptoms, which can be very serious.
With severe asthma, you may have symptoms nearly all of the time, even when you take your medication correctly. If you’re experiencing any of the following, you may need additional care:
- Struggling to complete daily activities
- Recent hospital visits when normal medication does not control symptoms
- Trouble sleeping
- Reliance on your rescue inhaler
To help manage severe asthma, an interdisciplinary team of experts will design a plan of care tailored to your needs. Your treatment plan could include:
- Education on how to manage your condition
- Monitoring to prevent chronic, troublesome symptoms and hospital or emergency department visits
- Respiratory therapy to help you breathe better
- Physical therapy to help you build up stamina for normal daily activities
- Help in managing your medication, including inhalers
It is important to follow through with your care plan and use your medication as directed. At times, when facing multiple health concerns, you may receive care in a healthcare facility or through home health to help you control your condition. When you find yourself in this situation, we may be able to help treat your asthma in addition to other health concerns. We offer specialized care for patients with respiratory conditions in the following settings: