Diseases We Treat

Some of the diseases we treat:

Asthma: Remains the most common respiratory illness in the general population. It can vary in severity from a few attacks a year to daily symptoms of wheezing, cough and shortness of breath. Some people have atypical symptoms such as cough only (without wheezing) or just shortness of breath. A subtype of asthma called exercise-induced presents as cough and shortness of breath only after exercise. Tests used for diagnosis include breathing tests, allergy blood test and measurement of nitric oxide level in the exhaled breath. This correlates with the severity of airway inflammation. Treatment of asthma includes allergen avoidance, inhaled bronchodilators and inhaled anti-inflammatory medications.

Cough: Is a symptom that can be caused by several conditions. Cough due to viral colds usually subside after a week. However some colds can produce a chronic inflammatory bronchitis that can last weeks. Other causes are allergic sinusitis with post-nasal drip, stomach acid reflux, eosinophilic bronchitis and many other chronic lung conditions.

COPD: Stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Often it is a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In the majority of patients, COPD is the result of lung damage from cigarette smoking. Symptoms include cough, sputum production and shortness of breath. COPD is easily diagnosed by breathing tests. All smokers with any of the above symptoms should undergo Pulmonary Function Testing.