Eli Hendel M.D.
A Medical Corporation

Asthma

Asthma Basics

 

An individual may have wheezing episodes at some point in their lives and be given a diagnosis of asthma.  Not all individuals with wheezing should have a lifelong diagnosis of asthma. Therefore, a lifelong commitment to the medication regimen may not be warranted. That’s why it’s important to have a careful assessment by a qualified pulmonologist.

The appropriate diagnosis of asthma begins with an evaluation that includes a comprehensive history and physical examination. This is followed by a pulmonary function test (as described above).

If indicated, an allergy panel with measurements of Immunoglobin E (IgE) antibody is tested against 30 different stimuli including indoor antigens (molds, animals), outdoor antigens (grasses, pollens, tree) and foods. Treatment will consist of environmental control if necessary.

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Medications will be addressed in stepwise manner in accordance with the national guidelines established by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute (NHLBI.

The management of asthma doesn’t end with the initial diagnosis and first line treatment. Management is a continuing process that requires constant adjustment of medications with the goals of keeping asthma under control and not allowing the disease to interfere with activities of daily life