Dr. Stacey Radinsky
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects approximately 15 million people in the United States. Asthma is characterized by the following:
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. Common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breast and chest tightness. More severe symptoms with include difficulty talking, shallow and rapid breathing, and nasal flaring (Nostrils open and close with breathing). These symptoms may occur without any obvious trigger. More often, an asthma exacerbation may be initiated by a specific trigger. (Upper respiratory infections, exercise, animal dander, pollens, cigarette smoke, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux, emotions, weather.)
How do you diagnose asthma?
Asthma may be diagnosed by a variety of methods. First, a comprehensive history and physical exam will be preformed by the physician. Further testing may include spirometry (Spirometry is a simple breathing test which measures the airflow into and out of the lungs. The patient will blow into a tube that is attached to a spirometer. A computer will then calculate airflow rates and volumes. As asthma is an obstructive lung disease, this test can accurately diagnose this disorder.) chest x-ray and allergy testing.
How do I treat asthma?
Asthma treatments are either quick relief medications and maintenance control medications. Quick relief medications, such as bronchodilators (Ex. Albuterol, Proventil, Ventolin, Xopenex) are used to treat asthma symptoms or an asthma attack. Maintenance medications are used long-term to control inflammation and decrease asthma symptoms and exacerbations.
How to use a MDI (Metered Dose Inhaler)
How to use a MDI (Metered Dose Inhaler) with a spacer:
What is eczema? Eczema is a common chronic skin disease that is also called atopic dermatitis. One person in ten has this disease at some time in their life, usually in childhood. People with eczema tend to have dry, itchy and easily irritated skin. This can continue for years and may result in damage to the skin.