Asthma Specialists Hammond LA

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.

Dr.John Thiele
(504) 737-1055
15770 Paul Vega Md Dr
Hammond, LA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans
Year of Graduation: 1979
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Claude Jenkins Tellis, MD
(225) 761-5271
5317 Lost Oak Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Our Lady Of Lourdes Reg Med Ct, Lafayette, La; Summit Hospital, Baton Rouge, La; Baton Rouge Gen Med Ctr -Blue, Baton Rouge, La
Group Practice: Oshsner Clinic Of Baton Rouge

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Eric Rudolf Ehrensing, MD
(504) 842-6124
5512 Perrier St
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1994

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Loyd George Whitley Jr, MD
850 Olive St Ste A
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1977

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Michael Philip Kiernan, MD
(504) 588-5601
1430 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1980

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Wesley Mccabe Cook
(985) 542-6251
42388 Pelican Professional Park
Hammond, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Janis Jeanette Gunnels, MD
(318) 222-3662
1719 Lakecrest Dr
Benton, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1965

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Dr.Bennett Deboisblanc
(504) 568-4634
1514 Jefferson Highway #415
New Orleans, LA
Gender
M
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Judith Harris
(504) 896-9436
200 Henry Clay Avenue #3309
New Orleans, LA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1965
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Hospital: Childrens Hosp, New Orleans, La
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Bogdan L Nowakowski, MD
1212 Riverview Blvd Ste 1000A
Gonzales, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med, Lodz, Poland
Graduation Year: 1990

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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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