Asthma Specialists Evansville IN

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

Sultan O Niazi
(812) 426-9559
421 Chestnut St
Evansville, IN
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Horia Draghiciu, MD
(812) 426-9401
421 Chestnut St
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1985

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William C Houser, MD
(812) 423-8182
Deaconess Hospital 600 Mary Street
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1971

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Arthur Bentsen
(812) 450-7720
611 Harriet St
Evansville, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Peter Anthony Rosario, MD
(812) 479-8521
801 Saint Marys Dr Ste 505-E
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1973

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Faheem A Abbasi
(812) 426-9559
421 Chestnut St
Evansville, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Robert Marion Lombard, MD
(812) 426-9439
421 Chestnut St
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.Faheem Abbasi
(812) 426-9559
519 Harriet St
Evansville, IN
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Aga Khan Med Coll, Aga Khan Univ, Karachi
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Hospital: Deaconess Health System
Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Thomas Keller Browne, MD
(812) 423-8182
611 Harriet St Ste 201
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1970

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William C Houser
(812) 450-7720
611 Harriet St
Evansville, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Unwinding from Asthma

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By Swaha Devi

Like clockwork, a 2 a.m. asthma attack shut down my airways and jolted me out of sleep. The sweet relief of breath was at arm’s length, in the emergency inhaler on my night table. One quick spray and within seconds I felt my bronchial tubes begin to relax, allowing precious air to enter.

The next development was all too predictable. The drug made my heart race, and I couldn’t fall back asleep until just moments before the alarm clock rang, ending my brief respite.

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

The attacks were at their worst when I lived in Florida, where the intense humidity caused mildew to flourish, aggravating my condition. I often felt like I was trying to breathe under water. Nor did my job as a tech writer in an old airplane hangar—full of mold, chemical fumes, and cigarette smoke—help matters. I can’t count the times when it seemed impossible to think clearly enough to get through the day. I tried allergy shots, but hated having to poke myself with a needle, so I quit the job instead. When a doctor told me my only option was to take medicine for the rest of my life, I finally found the courage to say enough.

My first order of business was to stop an attack without using inhalers. I accomplished this within weeks through a variety of methods, including taking first hot, then cold showers to relax the spasms, and hovering over steam infused with eucalyptus oil for long periods. But I was still living from one attack to the next. I needed to get to the root of the problem.

Once I began digging, clues turned up everywhere (even in King Tut’s tomb, where the anti-inflammatory herb licorice, now known as a decongestant, was unearthed alongside other treasures). Ultimately, though, putting the disease behind me required tending to much more than my closed airways. Top of the list? Stress.

Once I started paying attention, I realized almost anything—a cold, deadline pressures, bad news, or bad weather—could start me wheezing. Emotional stress of any kind was a particularly powerful trigger.

Elson Haas, a physician and director of the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, isn’t surprised. Stress kicks off physiological responses that lead directly to breathing troubles, he says. What’s the first thing people do when they’re nervous? Take shorter breaths, of course. Plus, the body releases certain hormones when we’re under stress (particularly adrenaline and cortisol) that open up the airways—but once the stress goes away and these hormones subside, the bronchial tubes can tighten up again.

Clearly, I needed to coax my body into staying calm. (Stop and smell the roses? I was allergic to them!)

You’d think my living situation would have been a help. I was part of a yoga community at the time...

Author: Swaha Devi

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