Asthma Specialists New Castle DE

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.

Thomas P Howard, MD
(321) 725-5050
390 N Broadway
Pennsville, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1977

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Daniel Alejandro Salerno
(302) 656-2213
701 N Clayton St
Wilmington, DE
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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John James Chabalko, MD
(302) 656-2213
701 N Clayton St # 500
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Wilmington, De; Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Pulmonary Associates

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Laura Sue Inselman, MD
(302) 651-6400
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Dupont Hosp For Children, Wilmington, De; Thomas Jefferson University Ho, Philadelphia, Pa; Bryn Mawr Hosp, Bryn Mawr, Pa
Group Practice: Nemours Childrens Clinic Wilmington

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Joseph Francis Kestner Jr, MD
(302) 656-2213
701 N Clayton St Ste 500
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Wilmington, De; Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Pulmonary Associates

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Satish Kumar Mittal, MD
390 N Broadway Ste 300
Pennsville, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mahatma Gandhi Inst Of Med Sci, Nagpur Univ, Wardha, Maharashtra
Graduation Year: 1977

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Mark David Jones, MD
(302) 368-5575
7th & Clayton Streets Suite 500
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: District Of Columbia Gen Hosp, Washington, Dc
Group Practice: Pulmonary Associates

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Carole Ann Guy, MD
(302) 656-2213
701 N Clayton St
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1988

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Rajeswary Padmalingam, MD
(302) 651-4429
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Colombo, Fac Of Med, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Nemours Childrens Clinic Wilmington

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John J Chabalko
(302) 656-2213
701 N Clayton St
Wilmington, DE
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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