Asthma Specialists Jennings 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.

Stephen M Layne
(504) 454-5213
4224 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Medicine

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Diane Joy Finley, MD
(225) 775-8660
12902 Plank Rd
Baker, 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: 1978

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Dr.Mark Knower
(985) 892-9143
101 Fairway Dr #206a
Covington, LA
Gender
M
Speciality
Pulmonologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Francesco Simeone
(504) 988-2300
1415 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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David E Thomas
(225) 765-3456
7777 Hennessy Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

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Ricardo E Blanco, MD
101 E Fairway Dr Ste 106
Covington, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Costa Rica, Fac De Med, San Jose, Costa Rica
Graduation Year: 1983

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Lisa Lynelle Gamble
(504) 412-1860
2021 Perdido St
New Orleans, LA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Mark K Hodges
(225) 769-4044
7373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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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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Joy E Cohen
(985) 646-6540
340 Gateway Dr
Slidell, LA
Specialty
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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