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.

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

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Robert Smith Larimer, MD
(504) 482-7471
3535 Bienville St Ste W240
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Med Ctr -Mercy Campu, New Orleans, La
Group Practice: Glade Larimer & Crosby

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Bolling Cross Haygood, MD
(225) 344-7309
7777 Hennessy Blvd Ste 701
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: 1981

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Jerome Michael Ellender, MD
(985) 872-6210
855 Belanger St Ste 201
Houma, 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: 1982

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Richard Hsin Fei, MD
(337) 232-5864
227 Bendel Rd
Lafayette, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Natl Taiwan Univ Coll Of Med, Taipei, Taiwan (385-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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Ben Frank Thompson III, MD
(318) 675-5000
2770 3rd Ave Ste 110
Lake Charles, 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: 1975

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John Stephen Thiele, MD
(504) 894-2850
2820 Napoleon Ave Ste 420
New Orleans, 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: 1979

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Dwayne Anthony Thomas
(504) 412-1860
2021 Perdido St
New Orleans, LA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Vijoydeep Rao, MD
1666 E Bert Kouns Industrial Lo
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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