Asthma Treatments Wilmington NC

Certain nutrients provide key antioxidants called flavonoids that help prevent bronchial spasms and reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack. You should start taking grape'seed extract (300 mg), pycnogenol (200 mg), and quercetin (1,000 mg) each day. Asthmatics typically produce less'than-normal levels of glutathione—a naturally occurring antioxidant—but recent research shows that magnesium increases glutathione, improves lung function, and reduces bronchodilator use.

Kevin Elihue Potts, MD
3710 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1998

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Mitchell Douglas Lee, MD
(919) 341-3300
1202 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1991

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Thaddeus Leland Dunn, MD
(910) 343-3345
1090 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1977

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Brian Michael Legere, MD
1090 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1994

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William Frontis Credle, MD
(919) 341-3300
1202 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
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Male
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Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1967

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William Credle
(910) 341-3458
1202 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Pulmonary Disease

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Daniel Gottovi, MD
(910) 341-3481
1202 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
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Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1965
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Hospital: New Hanover Reg Med Ctr, Wilmington, Nc
Group Practice: Wilmington Health Associates Medical Clinic Llc

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Brian Jan Gilmore
(910) 343-3345
1090 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists), Sleep Medicine

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Brian Michael Legere
(910) 343-3345
1090 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists), Sleep Medicine

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Thomas Saml Bumbalo, MD
(919) 341-3300
1202 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1992

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By Rob Ayoup

Q. I have asthma and use an inhaler regularly. Are there any long-term effects, and is there anything I can do to use it less?

A. Natural medicine has a lot to offer when it comes to managing asthma long term, but don’t ditch your corticosteroid inhaler just yet. During a severe attack, it’s often the only thing that can help you. Natural remedies can reduce the overall severity of asthma, however, and decrease or eventually eliminate your dependence on meds like corticosteroids and bronchodilators. As you try my suggestions, you should start noticing that you’re using your inhaler less and less.

And that’s important because inhalers produce some unwelcome side effects, including headaches, throat irritation, frequent infections, tremors, or heart palpitations. With long-term inhaler use, the high doses of medication they contain could reduce your ability to absorb calcium and cause osteoporosis as the body draws the calcium it needs from your bones.

The first step you should take to cut back on your inhaler? Recognize and avoid known attack triggers. Reduce your dust exposure by eliminating carpets and rugs, if possible, and frequently washing bed sheets and pillowcases. You should also install a HEPA air filter to remove airborne allergy triggers like pollen.

Next, you need to overhaul your diet. Challenge yourself to eat a mostly vegetarian diet, reducing or eliminating meat completely, and adding plenty of oily fish. Here’s why: By maximizing antioxidant sources from fruits and vegetables of various colors, you obtain a wide spectrum of beneficial nutrients that reduce inflammation and prevent airway constriction. Omega-3 oils in salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines, as well as fish oil supplements (take 4,000 mg daily), provide the fats you need to form natural anti-inflammatory biochemicals. Chicken and beef, on the other hand, contain arachidonic acid, a substance that produces pro-inflammatory chemicals. In addition, milk and cheese from dairy and soy sources stimulate mucus formation in the lungs and airways. Replace them with calcium-enriched, rice-based milk and cheese products, which do not have that effect.

Certain nutrients provide key antioxidants called flavonoids that help prevent bronchial spasms and reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack. You should start taking grape-seed extract (300 mg), pycnogenol (200 mg), and quercetin (1,000 mg) each day. Asthmatics typically produce less-than-normal levels of glutathione—a naturally occurring antioxidant—but recent research shows that magnesium increases glutathione, improves lung function, and reduces bronchodilator use. I recommend 600 mg of magnesium daily. You should also consider taking 300 mg of the ayurvedic herb boswellia three times a day; research shows it can reduce the severity of asthma symptoms, the frequency of attacks, and the level of respiratory tract inflammation. And try licorice root, an expectorant herb that helps the lungs bring up a...

Author: Rob Ayoup

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